PCRC works to further human rights and transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina and throughout the region via various multifaceted approaches. Our cutting-edge approaches to human rights and transitional justice- including our arts-based initiatives and youth education programs- complement more traditional transitional justice mechanisms and human rights initiatives in the region. Our work in this arena focuses on education, historical remembrance, historical analysis, and truth-seeking. PCRC’s work in creating and implementing processes of remembrance and memorialization are done in cooperation with leading organizations in the field, such as the ICTY, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and the International Commission for Missing Persons and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting amongst others.
After establishing itself as a leading peacebuilding organization in the Western Balkans, PCRC has maintained a close working relationship with the ICTY for over five years and is currently working in partnership with its Sarajevo Outreach Office. One of the primary goals of this partnership is to educate Balkan youth about the ICTY’s role in transitional justice in an interactive and accessible way.
“On the Margins,” a cooperative project between the OSCE and PCRC is a photo-based exhibition designed to increase the availability of positive images of Roma to challenge widespread prejudices and negative stereotypes, while also increasing levels of media attention related to the plight of Roma communities in BiH.
Each spring, PCRC cooperates with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) to coordinate their annual visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through this program, students gain knowledge about the historical, political and social components that have culminated in the fragile state of BiH today.
Each summer, PCRC cooperates with the New York University (NYU) Center for Global Affairs to coordinate the Bosnian leg of their annual visit to the former Yugoslavia. PCRC is responsible for arranging interviews, site visits, lectures, and conversations with representatives and organizations operating in Sarajevo, Bratunac, and Srebrenica.
When participants from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellowship Program visited Sarajevo, PCRC organized two panel sessions: one which focused on the work of the non-governmental sector in the area of interfaith cooperation, and another that focused on moral courage and its importance for reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
PCRC’s President Velma Šarić and Vice President Leslie Woodward traveled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to participate in an international symposium on the development of sustainable health-psychosocial support in emergency situations.
Atlantic Initiative (AI), in coordination with the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Political Science, the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) and Post-Conflict Research Center hosted the eight-week study-abroad program, “2010: State and Nation Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.