HTR hosted a study visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia in March 2014.
The group of ten participants travelled to Bosnia, then Serbia from 15-21 March and was comprised of individuals works and community groups throughout Northern Ireland and the UK.
In Bosnia, the group were hosted by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Sarajevo where they spent time learning about the various periods of the history from the region including the conflict in the 1990s. The group visited various memorial sites and the National Museum of Sarajevo where an exhibition of everyday items from the Siege of Sarajevo (April 1992-February 1996) was on display.
The group travelled from Sarajevo through the hills to Tuzla where they met with the International Centre for Missing Persons. The group visited their offices, laboratories and morgue in order to learn more about their work finding and identifying remains. This was a particularly tough day for the group as a whole.
The next stop for the group was Potocari where they visited the memorial and cemetery remembering the massacre of over 8,000 men and boys from Srebrenica. Here the group met with Hassan who shared his personal experiences of the events of those days.
The group crossed the Drina river and left Bosnia for Serbia where they were hosted by Fund B92 in Belgrade. Nicola Radic Lukati gave the group a tour of the site of the World War II concentration camp followed by a seminar on commemorations. In Belgrade, the group also met with the Centre for Non-Violence and visited the Rex Centre with Fund B91.
For reflections by the participants, check out the International Study Visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina & Serbia newsletter.