Alma Mašić


Current living place:
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alma Mašić

Director, The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (YIHR)

  • My organization:
    Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH YIHR) educates young people to critically think about their environment and to actively engage in the changes in society. This commitment includes the promotion of culture memories of the war in Bosnia 1992-1995, advocacy for human rights, minority rights, promoting the issues of integration of BiH into the EU and the democratization of BiH and the Western Balkans.

  • Examples of concrete activities I have organized/am organizing in the field of “dealing with the past”:
    • Justice Advocate Network (transitional justice seminars for young activists (BiH and Serbia)
    • Work in isolated, segregated communities with young activists from both communities (Bosnia)
    • Cultural events with the aim to bring young people together from the region in order to learn and understand the past (the SFF, Days of Sarajevo, MESS - Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia).
    • Srebrenica – Mapping Genocide Project (interactive web-site: www.srebrenica–
    • Kamps in Kozarac (bringing young people from Balkan region, Prijedor and Kozarac in order to learn about recent past through issues of transitional justice, memorials and joint activities)
    • Participation in international youth camp in Srebrenica

  • My personal link to/interest for the topic of “dealing with difficult pasts”:
    • Fear of "their" own ethnic group
    • Lack of knowledge and unevenly balanced knowledge about dealing with the past and Transitional Justice
    • Lack of understanding processes which, among others, is one of the ways to a better future
    • Lack of interest of certain ethnic groups to participate in these processes