The Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs awarded PCRC the prestigious Intercultural Achievement Recognition Award (IAA) for our pan-ethnic online multimedia outlet, Balkan Diskurs. Ambassador Pammer presented the award to PCRC at a public ceremony at the Austrian Embassy here in Sarajevo, with Balkan Diskurs youth correspondents, creative collaborators, members of Sarajevo’s local and international community, and other stakeholders in attendance.
They are frequently referred to as 'the most persecuted minority in the world.' When trying to understand the Rohingya crisis, it is important to understand the historical and social underpinnings of the current violence; understanding the Rohingya population’s history, and the discriminatory ideas held about the Rohingya in Myanmar.
PCRC's Fall 2017 intern group traveled to Kosovo with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the transitional justice processes in the region, and to see how they compare to the experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After their travels and meetings with various local peacebuilding initiatives, they reflect on the state of peace in Kosovo.
In an adaptation of her original piece of research, entitled "A Culture of Amnesia? Assessing the National and International Response to Mass Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina," Olivia Martin explores the ongoing struggle of female survivors of wartime sexual violence in BiH for recognition and reparations.
Nearly 20 years after serving as part of SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brandon Erdmann revisits this land of contrasts- of beauty and tragedy- on the 2017 Peace March from Tuzla to Srebrenica. In this piece for PCRC, he reflects on his experience during the march and the July 11th Srebrenica commemoration. An extended version of this piece will be forthcoming on Balkan Diskurs.
On 31 May 1992, just 25 years ago today, Bosnian-Serb forces issued a decree that called for all non-Serbian civilians to mark their houses and arms with white cloth. The marking of all non-Serbians with a physical symbol of difference would later be understood as the expression of intention to commit genocidal acts. Tens of thousands of individuals bearing this marker were sent to the now infamous Omarska, Keraterm, and Trnopolje concentration camps.