In January, Samantha Soletic-Owens joined PCRC’s team as the Programming and External Relations Manager. Samantha, who grew up in California and Chicago, has held positions in communications, development, and community outreach in London, Chicago, and now, Sarajevo, considers herself “lucky to be able to do what I love every day.” Learn more about Samantha and her role at PCRC in recent interview with Aadaan Magazine. http://www.aadaan.com/latest-issu…/issue-003-bosnia-volim-te
PCRC participated in the Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) in Antalya, Turkey- the only Expo offered by the United Nations solely for the Global South. The Expo provides a powerful platform for all development actors and stakeholders to showcase Southern development solutions, celebrate South-South and triangular cooperation success, share knowledge and lessons learned, explore new avenues for collaboration, and initiate new partnership efforts. Also in December, as ICTY's biggest outreach partner in BiH, PCRC took part in the official ICTY Closing ceremony on December 21 in The Hague.
PCRC was a part of the ‘Global Community Forum: Truth, Justice & Remembrance’ in Berlin. Organized by Robert Bosch Stiftung foundation, the Global Community Forum brought together 120 peace actors from all over the world, as well as selected international guests that are dedicated to establishing truth, justice & remembrance in (post-) conflict societies. Through expert discussions and thematic and regional working groups we were able to share successes, failures, and best practices in responding to gross human rights violations and preventing atrocities. Also in November, PCRC was a part of 2017 Zagreb Youth Summit. We were happy to be part of this event, organized by our partner and fellow regional genocide prevention coalition member Youth Initiative for Human Rights. PCRC President Velma Saric spoke alongside Benjamin Abtan on the panel 'Democracy and Conflict: Ensuring Non-recurrence’ tomorrow. The summit brought together over 200 young leaders from around the globe map to deepen their understanding of the current challenges that pose significant threats to the stability and advancement of democracy.
PCRC presented its work during the Nuremberg Forum 2017: 10 years after the Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice: “The Fight Against Impunity at a Crossroad'' organized by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. PCRC’s President Velma Saric, together with Betty Murungi, former Kenya Truth Commissioner, and Alison Smith, legal counselor at No Peace Without Justice, was a panelist on the ‘Reconciliation’ panel, which discussed the challenges and opportunities for transitional justice processes in contributing to reconciliation. Velma presented PCRC's work and the various successful initiatives we have organized in cooperation with the ICTY Outreach Office.
Also in October 2017, The Harriman Institute at Columbia University hosted a special screening of Women, War & Peace | PBS: I Came to Testify. PCRC President Velma Šarić, was commissioned as the Bosnian Field Producer for the I Came to Testify and War Redefined episodes. The screening was followed by a discussion on sexual violence in conflict and the use of rape as a weapon of war.
PCRC received the Intercultural Achievement Award from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs during a ceremony hosted by the Austrian Embassy in Sarajevo. We received this award for Balkan Diskurs - our independent multimedia platform. After being awarded the IAA, we had the chance to re-design the Balkan Diskurs website and present this award-winning journalistic platform in an updated, more streamlined way. Also in September, PCRC also walked away from the Resonant Voices Initiative hackathon in Durres, Albania with new mentorship and funding to launch the online component phase of our Ordinary Heroes program, which we will roll out in 2018.
The Sarajevo Film Festival’s ‘Dealing with the Past’ project (supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation and presented in partnership with Al Jazeera Balkans and the US Embassy in BiH) is dedicated to increasing dialogue, promoting peace through raising awareness and confronting all the parties involved with indisputable facts. PCRC served as a local project partner through its regional Genocide Prevention coalition (see: February) and connected several Coalition Members with Dealing with the Past’s True Stories Market – a unique event that connects filmmakers with organizations that are documenting and researching the Yugoslav wars of the 90's, with the aim of bringing these stories to wider audiences.
Join Ron Haviv and PCRC for the Sarajevo opening of ‘Transitions,” a photo-based exhibition that explores post-conflict environments around the world. Through photo essays ‘Transitions’ examines the state of transitional justice in four post-conflict societies; BiH, USA, Colombia, and the DRC. ‘Transitions’ pushes audiences to consider what ‘justice’ looks like in a more critical way. Produced with funding from MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, ‘Transitions’ is a collaborative project between the Post-Conflict Research Center (BiH), ART WORKS Projects (USA), Yole!Africa (DRC), and Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica (Colombia). Photography by Midhat Poturovic (BiH), Sophia Nahli Allison (USA), Martin Lukongo (DRC), Juan Arredondo (Colombia).
Art and Reconciliation Roundtable at the 'Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath' Conference
PCRC and its partners (the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, the University of the Arts London, and the London School of Economics) will be holding a panel discussion to present the details of the groundbreaking collaborative research project ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community.’ The project aims to investigate the concept and practice of post-conflict reconciliation through time and in different geographical regions by combining history, political science, art, creative practice and innovative evaluation methodologies.
The panel discussion will be held as a part of the 'Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath' Conference taking place from 30 June to 2 July in Sarajevo.
PCRC co-founder Leslie Woodward and PCRC advisory board President Tanya Domi will present an overview of PCRC's role within the project framework and our use of art and creative multimedia for reconciliation and peace.
For the 4th year running, PCRC partnered with WARM Foundation in managing, coordinating and co-hosting WARM’s Sarajevo-based activities, including the annual WARM Festival, which took place from June 28 - July 2. During this year’s festival, PCRC showcased Transitions, a collaborative photography exhibition that explores the journeys of transitional justice in four different post-conflict societies. The exhibition opened on Skenderija Steel Bridge, with words from PCRC's Board President Tanya Domi and renowned photographer Ron Haviv. Alongside the exhibition opening, PCRC organized the Conventional and Unconventional Approaches to Transitional Justice Symposium. Panelists, including PCRC, ART WORKS Projects, Columbia University and BIRN staff, considered how the photos and narratives can make transitional justice more accessible and tangible to international audiences.
Join PCRC, WARM, ART WORKS Projects, and Manifest Media for the Sarajevo premiere of 'Sanctuary/Sustenance. ' 'Sanctuary/Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys' is a multimedia projection of photography, film, music, and words launched on June 20, 2013 in honor of World Refugee Day in cities around the world. The installation was projected on the facades of community and civic centers, houses of worship, places of learning and other locales that have historically opened their doors as places of welcome and shelter. Collaborators include Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Paula Bronstein, Hélène Caux, Jean Chung, Don Doll, Ron Haviv, David Hogsholt, Giulio di Sturco, and James Whitlow Delano along with filmmaker Maren Wickwire. Sanctuary/Sustenance features music by the Argentine classical composer Osvaldo Noé Golijov. Additional music is by Lee Maddeford, Jonathan Wiest, and Ventanas.
'Sacntuary/Sustenance' is a project of ART WORKS Projects and Manifest Media.
Join PCRC during the 2017 WARM festival to discuss transitional justice and the ways in which PCRC’s collaborative photo exhibition, ‘Transitions,’ sheds light on the state of transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina and around the world. Panelists will discuss the background and themes of ‘Transitions,’ while considering its role in the transitional justice process in BiH and other post-conflict societies. Of particular focus will be the way in which 'Transitions’' visuals, when paired with narratives and didactic text, compel viewers to view the peace process, as well as its importance and human impact, in a more personal and tangible way. Panelists will also consider the potential of 'Transitions' to facilitate viewers’ ability to frame their own country’s conflict(s) within a broader and more objective framework. The panel will be immediately followed by a presentation of the 'True Stories Market' by Ishak Jalimam & Maša Marković of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Dealing with the Past program.
Tanya Domi, Columbia University New York
Denis Džidić, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - BIRN
Samantha Šoletić Owens, ART WORKS Projects
Myles Wallingford, Post-Conflict Research Center
Moderated by Velma Šarić, Post-Conflict Research Center
'Transitions’ is a collaborative project between the Post-Conflict Research Center (BiH), ART WORKS Projects (USA), Yole!Africa (DRC), and Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica (Colombia). Photography by Midhat Poturovic (BiH), Sophia Nahli Allison (USA), Martin Lukongo (DRC), Juan Arredondo (Colombia).
Join PCRC and the WARM Foundation for the 2017 WARM Festival. Over the course of five days in Sarajevo, we will be presenting the best in photojournalism, documentary film, and research from conflicts around the world.
The full program can be accessed on the WARM website.
oin PCRC as they discuss their innovative and diverse peacebuilding strategies, including their collaborative projects with the ICTY. Driven by a vision for a society in which people no longer perceive diversity as a source of conflict, but as the basis for prosperity, PCRC is dedicated to restoring a culture of peace in the Western Balkans by creating, implementing and supporting multifaceted approaches to peacebuilding, human rights and transitional justice. The goal of this event is to bring together PCRC representatives, legal experts, activists, government officials and civil society leaders to discuss PCRC’s peace education and conflict prevention programs and their role within the wider transitional justice landscape of the Western Balkans. Panelists and audience members will explore the social, economic and political challenges to building a sustainable peace in the region and how we can together utilize conventional and unconventional transitional justice mechanisms to build just societies that will foster healthy democracies. PCRC will also be presenting information about its regional coalition for genocide prevention, formed with the UN Office on Genocide Protection and the Responsibility to Protect.
PCRC took part in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s (ICTY) Legacy Dialogues Conference 2017 and, additionally, organized a side event, ‘Restoring a Culture of Peace: PCRC's multifaceted approach to historical memory and transitional justice.’ During this side event, which brought together PCRC staff, legal experts, activists, government officials, and civil society leaders, we discussed PCRC’s peacebuilding programs and their role within the wider transitional justice landscape in the region, panelists and audience members explored the social, economic, and political challenges and solutions to building a sustainable peace.
PCRC welcomed 18 young people from around Bosnia and Herzegovina to our ''Citizen Journalism and Documentary Photography'' youth training. Trainees had the unique chance to interact with and learn from experts in investigative journalism and photography. In addition to this hands-on training, each participant receives support throughout the following year as they produce stories for Balkan Diskurs. Training was organized through the 'Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community' project, in partnership with King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of the Arts London. Also in May, PCRC began work on our forthcoming educational project, On the Margins, produced in partnership with the OSCE Mission to BiH. On the Margins, which will debut in 2018, tackles everyday stigmas and discrimination that Roma people face in BiH.
Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, highlighted PCRC's innovative work to promote peace and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkans region during the UNAOC Group of Friends meeting. He mentioned our work, and its reach of 300 million people, and the inclusion of ‘Ordinary Heroes’ as an example of best practice in the toolkit developed by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.
PCRC President Velma Šarić attended a special meeting dedicated to international memorials entitled Education and Convergence of Memories at Camp des Milles, WWII internment camp turned memorial, in Aix-in-Provence, France; organized by Camp des Milles Foundation and the UNESCO Chair. During the event, Velma served as a panelist alongside representatives from the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the French Ministry of Education and Kigali Museum Aegis Trust.
PCRC, together with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina , hosted the 6th regional workshop entitled 'Building Resilience and Inhibitors against Atrocity Crimes: A Joint Agenda for Prevention in Sarajevo.' Bringing together 25 civil society organizations from across the Western Balkans, the workshop focused on preventing genocide and atrocity crimes in the region- resulting in the creation of a regional CSO coalition for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.