bosnia report
New Series No:43-44 January - April 2005


Regular Forums continue on the first Monday of every month (or the second, if the first falls on a Bank Holiday) from 7 pm to 9 pm at our usual venue, The Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1 (in association with the Centre for the Study of Democracy).

The next meeting will take place on 9 May 2005, when Tilman Zülch, co-founder and president of the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV), will speak about his fight to expose and combat the wartime genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina (notably through his 1993 book on ‘ethnic cleansing’), and since then to reverse at least some of its effects through activities based on the GfbV office in Srebrenica.

- On 10 January 2005 a screening of ‘Sevdah - the Bridge that Survived’ - a celebration of the band Mostar Sevdah Reunion, their inspiration performances, and their desire to build bridges through music far beyond their home city of Mostar - was followed by a stimulating discussion introduced by its award-winning director Mira Erdevički.

- On 7 February 2005 a lively discussion on ‘Bosnia and its neighbours’ was introduced by Eric Jansson, Financial Times correspondent covering the countries of former Yugoslavia, following a reception held to celebrate the publication, by Saqi Books in association with The Bosnian Institute, of From Enemy Territory - Pale diary: 5 April to 15 July 1992 by Mladen Vuksanović.

- On 7 March 2005 long-term Bosnian Institute consultant Ivo Banac, professor of modern history at Yale University and author of many books including the hugely influential The National Question in Yugoslavia, addressed a packed meeting on the topic ‘Bosnia and Croatia - history and prospects’.

- On 4 April 2005 one of our most thought-provoking recent discussions, on ‘Human Rights in B-H - 10 years after Dayton’, was introduced by Branko Todorović, co-founder and executive director of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in RS, based in Bijeljina.

- The Public International Law and Policy Group, based in Washington DC and founded by Bosnian Institute consultant Paul Williams of American University, along with Michael Scharf (author of authoritative works on the ICTY), has been nominated by several former clients for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, to be awarded in July 2005. Among many other pro bono assignments on behalf of developing nations, Paul Williams advised the Bosnian delegation at the Dayton peace talks, and the Kosova delegation at Rambouillet.


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