Post-war generation writing

The post-war generation writing… I set foot in a mystery, in an unfamiliar place, without any information. My expectations were a little different, but I’m glad they weren’t met. We don’t always get what we crave. I didn’t, nor did the people whose names are written [in stone] all over this area. Coming here, I was only […]


Omarska is the name of a small place that would probably not have any particular meaning today, had it not been for the Yugoslav wars. It would be a village in Bosanska Krajina that you would notice only if you took the road from Banja Luka to Prijedor. However, the conflicts ensuing after the breakup of the[…]

Women in the culture of remembrance of Bosnia and Herzegovina: liberating the street from the male norm  

We need a radical reconstruction of our memories. That means that we will recall the forgotten female heroes of our history in an institutionalised process and affirm their visibility through the streets of our cities, memorialise them and open the door for new female heroes, so they can proudly articulate their potentials. Because streets do not maintain[…]

Why no street in Banja Luka was named after Mira Kesić?

The Communist Party tasked a partisan and philosophy professor, Mira Kesić, with the duty of gathering children, war orphans, and establishing orphanages where they would be accommodated.   At the end of World War II, on the territory of the County People’s Committee Banja Luka, which included the County of Banja Luka, Bosanska Gradiška, Bosanska Dubica, Kotor[…]

Instead of women’s history, there is a gap in Bosnia and Herzegovina

It is difficult to assess how many young women from Bosnia and Herzegovina are completing their doctoral studies at the most prestigious universities around the world, successfully defending their doctoral theses or doing post-doctoral studies, thereby specialising in a series of specific scientific fields, thanks to which their work will have a much more comprehensive meaning than[…]

This is my home, why don’t I live here?

Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ID of a displaced person. Personal identification number of the displaced person: 10367012889. Last name and name: Kanlić Edo. That is me. Given the fact that we live in peace, it seems inappropriate and too mild to call persons that were expelled from their homes ‘displaced persons’. A document found recently places[…]

Combating Holocaust and Genocide Denial Protecting Survivors, Preserving Memory, and Promoting Prevention

Hate speech has been known to stigmatize, marginalize, enable discrimination as well as incite hate crimes and large-scale violence. Genocide and Holocaust denial is often tied to hate speech, specifically when the aim is to target individuals or groups based on specific identity factors. The most serious cases of genocide and Holocaust denial can constitute incitement to[…]

INTO THE CRACKS Walking 2500km with the Human Rights

Will you host us? Traiskirchen ⇾ Eggendorf ⇾ Rohrbach bei Mattersburg ⇾ Oberpullendorf ⇾ Rechnitz ⇾ Kohfidisch ⇾ Neustift bei Güssing ⇾ Felsőszölnök ⇾ Krašči ⇾ Spodnji Ivanjci ⇾ Ptuj ⇾ Gornji Macelj ⇾ Krapinske Toplice ⇾ Draše ⇾ Zaprešić ⇾ ZAGREB ⇾ Rugvica ⇾ Ivanić- Grad ⇾ Popovača ⇾ Kutina ⇾ Novska ⇾ Gornji Bogićevci ⇾[…]


BY DAMIR ŠAGOLJ Had Ron Haviv, by some strange miracle, with the same hat and shawl, and with his camera, been in Eastern Bosnia in 1941-43, the pages of history books would not have been so bloody empty. And what happens when pages of history books remain empty? You can find the answers in mass graves which[…]