Bosnia and Herzegovina 2021

Association for Transitional Justice, Accountability and Remembrance

Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Understanding


To promote a better understanding of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. The Sarajevo-based organization and its Banja Luka partner will continue to compile a record of wartime detention sites. The partners will conduct desk research and collect testimonials to identify and classify additional places of detention across the country. The organization will promote the project’s findings through its website and online events and contribute its research to a regional database of war crimes.


Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fostering Objective Reporting of War Crimes Trials


To advance transitional justice and the rule of law. The group’s network of journalists will monitor trials in local war crimes chambers and produce daily coverage for an online magazine and a television program, offering breaking news and analysis on domestic war crimes cases, past human rights abuses, and the impact of these developments on local communities. The group will also monitor the implementation of the country’s new war crimes proceedings strategy.


Center for Critical Thinking

Promoting Public Debate and Accountability through Online Media


To promote democratic values and encourage public debate on government performance. The organization’s web platform will serve as an independent forum for open discussion for prominent journalists, commentators, and civic and political leaders. It will particularly focus on informing and educating citizens about the duties and responsibilities of public officials and institutions, analyzing candidates’ platforms and campaign messages, monitoring newly elected officials’ performance, and tracking disinformation and other malign influence in local online outlets.


Forgotten Children of War

Advancing Transitional Justice and Historical Understanding


To promote a better understanding of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. The organization will conduct legal analysis and draft amendments to the existing laws on civilian victims, propose alternative restorative justice mechanisms to the survivors of war-time gender-based violence, and conduct outreach efforts to promote its recommendations advancing social inclusion. The group will expand cooperation with likeminded initiatives across the country and convene meetings to strengthen the Network’s mission and advocacy capacities.


Foundation for Creative Development

Promoting Civic Participation through Media


To promote the civil society-building activities of nongovernmental organizations and encourage broader civic engagement. The organization will produce new episodes of a popular news segment and television series. The series profiles local NGOs and their efforts to tackle specific problems in their respective communities, highlights discussions by civil society leaders on key issues, and provides current news about the country’s civic sector. One of the country’s public broadcasters will air the series.


Post-Conflict Research Center

Engaging Youth in Historical Reconciliation


To engage youth in advancing historical reconciliation around the anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide through multimedia exhibitions, discussions, and a summer camp with modules on peacebuilding, transitional justice, media, and using the arts to foster constructive dialogue on sensitive topics. The organization will collaborate with domestic and international partners to curate exhibitions commemorating the Srebrenica Genocide and promote an oral history collection to preserve the memories of genocide victims and their families.


Udruzenje gradjana Ostra Nula

Promoting Youth Activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina


To foster civic engagement and strengthen youth civic activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The group will organize civic education workshops to increase the leadership skills of a diverse group of young activists, convene public events and civic actions highlighting the role of youth in democratization processes, and produce audio and video programs on civic engagement.


Udruzenje za medijski aktivizam, portal

Fostering Public Debate through Online Media


To foster public debate on important political, social, and economic issues facing the country. The organization’s web platform will serve as an independent media outlet and forum for open discussion and political commentary by prominent journalists, experts, and civic and political leaders. Additionally, the organization will engage investigative journalists to uncover and report on corruption. The portal will extensively report on the issues hindering democratization and on necessary reforms regarding the country’s EU integration ahead of the October 2022 general elections.


Youth Cultural Center Abrasevic

Fostering Civic Activism through Online Media


To raise awareness of local government performance and to foster citizen engagement in the decision-making process in Herzegovina, especially in Mostar. The organization will produce daily news, analytical articles, and interviews with local decision makers and civic leaders. Following the 2020 local elections, its multimedia portal will offer a nonpartisan public forum that promotes civic activism targeting communal challenges. The organization will work with local civic coalitions to facilitate dialogue with local authorities and to spotlight any abuse of power.