Transitional Justice in reality: students visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

From 1-7 April, 22 students in the MSc program International Crimes, Conflict & Criminology of VU University visited the city of Sarajevo in the context of the course ‘Transitional Justice in Reality’.

During this study trip, students paid visits to several locations in and around Sarajevo that played a role in the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995, such as the ‘Tunnel of hope’ – the city’s lifeline during the siege – and the mountains surrounding the city from where it was targeted. On Thursday, they visited the genocide memorial site and cemetery at the former UN protection force base in Srebrenica–Potočari, where they heard about the genocide first-hand from survivor Hasan Hasanović.

In addition, they had several meetings; with genocide survivor Hasan Nuhanović, who has initiated and won legal proceedings against the Dutch state, and with researchers from the Atlantic Initiative and Sarajevo University.

On Friday, they were received by the Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law of Sarajevo University, which conducts research, inter alia on the siege of Sarajevo.