Youth Initiative for Human Rights

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Serbo-Croatian: Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava; Albanian: Nisma e të Rinjve për të Drejtat e Njeriut) or YIHR is a network of autonomous non-governmental organization active in Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1] It is focused on building connections and establishing cooperation between young people from different ethnic groups in Balkans.[2]

Youth Initiative for Human Rights
Legal statusNGO
HeadquartersRegional (Zagreb, Beograd, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Priština)
Region served


Official language
Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, English

YIHR supported the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) through information dissemination and education and monitoring of human rights.[2] It also organizes visits to the International Commission on Missing Persons.[3]

In 2008 Croatian branch of the organization was established which led to transformation of national offices/programs into autonomous organizations that established a regional YIHR Regional Network in 2010.[4]

On 25 September 2013 the European Court of Human Rights delivered the judgment in the case of Youth Initiative for Human Rights v. Serbia stating that there has been a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and that Serbia must ensure, within three months from the date on which the judgment with the information requested.[5] The Kosovo and Serbia branches work together on campaigns against the glorification of war criminals, which occurs in both countries.[6]

Regional network won several awards, including being the corecipient of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in 2019.[7][8]

Regional network of organizations edit

YIHR - Serbia edit

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia (YIHR SR) was founded in 2003 in Belgrade. The executive director is Bojan Stanković.[9]

YIHR - Kosovo edit

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo (YIHR KS) was founded in 2004 in Priština. As of 2017 the executive director is Marigona Shabiu.[10]

YIHR - Bosnia and Herzegovina edit

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BiH) was established in 2007 in Sarajevo. Executive director is Irena Hasić.[11]

YIHR - Croatia edit

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Croatia (YIHR HR) was registered in 2008 from previous YIHR Zagreb office. Executive director is Morana Starčević.[12]

YIHR - Montenegro edit

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Montenegro (YIHR HR) was founded in 2008. Executive director is Edina Hasanaga Čobaj.[13]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ YIHR - Youth initiative for human rights - About YIHR Archived July 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) Conflicts: Western Balkans". Peace Insight. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) complete a study tour of ICMP". International Commission on Missing Persons. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Youth Initiative for Human Rights DESCRIPTION DE L'ORGANISATION". European Youth Portal. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Youth Initiative for Human Rights v. Serbia". European Court of Human Rights. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ Radovanovic, Milica (12 October 2020). "'A Hero Returns': How Freed War Criminals are Glorified in Kosovo". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava - O nama". Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  8. ^ "Youth Initiative for Human Rights – joint winner of the 2019 Václav Havel Prize". Council of Europe. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Naš tim - Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava". 2021-05-12. Archived from the original on 12 May 2021. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  10. ^ Administrator. "Tim". Youth Initiative for Human Rights (in Serbian). Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  11. ^ "Tim". YIHR BA. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  12. ^ "mi | Yihr HR" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  13. ^ "YIHR Tim | YIHR.ME". 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2022-03-28.

Further reading edit

  • Fridman, Orli (2018). ""Too Young to Remember Determined Not to Forget": Memory Activists Engaging With Returning ICTY Convicts". International Criminal Justice Review. 28 (4): 423–437. doi:10.1177/1057567718766233.

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