Rebuilding after Conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Truth and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

This is a two-year research project focusing on the conditions for further movement towards Truth and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Repeated attempts to drive forward a formal Truth and Reconciliation Commission have, despite promising signs of support at various levels, ultimately not succeeded. Through surveys, interviews, focus groups, expert seminars and stakeholder dialogues, this project examines local understandings of both practical and basic conceptual issues which will determine priorities for further progress.

What needs are met by initiatives to confront the past? What needs to be done to improve relations across divisions? What will improve the provision for trustworthy public services crossing these divisions, whether it be education, media, justice or otherwise? Should a truth and reconciliation process focus on populations often characterized as intransigent? On movements and individuals prepared to break with the divisions of the past? On victims? On the young? On women? On secular or religious citizens? Or on a diverse range of processes and actors able to create ‘two-way windows’ between otherwise divided communities?

A dedicated team at the University of Edinburgh is working on this project in collaboration with academics and other specialists from across Bosnia-Herzegovina, from its region, and internationally.

Download an Executive Summary of the results from the first survey completed on attitudes to reconciliation and trust-building in Bosnia-Herzegovina here.

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