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,[a] 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 organizationsEdit

YIHR - SerbiaEdit

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

YIHR - KosovoEdit

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 HerzegovinaEdit

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 - CroatiaEdit

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 - MontenegroEdit

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

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ a b The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


  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 readingEdit

  • 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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