- Erna Mačkić
- Fikret Karčić
- Lejla Mamut
- Velija Hasanbegović
- Muhamed Mešić
- Dinka Čorkalo Biruški
- Ahmed Imamović
- Sonja Biserko
- Seida Sarić
- Branko Todorović
- Hasan Nuhanović
- Dino Abazović
- Marija Simanić-Arnautović
Erna Mačkić is the Chief Editor of all Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) BiH publications and is the Chairperson of the Association of Court Reporters in Sarajevo. Mačkić began her career in journalism in 2002 having attained a degree in journalism from the University of Sarajevo. She reported for Dnevni List daily newspaper and Danas Weekly magazine covering political and economic issues. Following the establishment of the state Court of BiH, Mačkić specialized in the coverage of war crimes and organized crime trials. She joined the BIRN Justice Report in 2007. Her fields of interest include investigative journalism, human rights and war crimes.
Fikret Karčić is a Professor at the Faculty of Law and of Islamic Studies in the University of Sarajevo, as well as President of the Constitutional Court of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has taught in the fields of the general history of law and the state, the history of Islamic law, the history of Islam in the Balkans, and the encounter of Muslims with modernity. In 2009 Karčić was a visiting scholar at Boise State University under the Fulbright Program; he has also taught at the University of Marmara (Istanbul), International Islamic University in Malaysia, and the University of Oslo. He is the author of The Bosniaks and challenges of modernity: Late Ottoman and Hapsburg Times (1999) and other works.
Lejla Mamut was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1981 and is currently living in Sarajevo. She graduated in 2005 from the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. She holds an MA in Democracy and Human Rights from the European Regional Master’s Program of the Universities of Bologna and Sarajevo, and her MA thesis concerning the crime of genocide in international law was selected as one of the five best theses in her generation. Through her work for the Research and Documentation Center, a local NGO in Sarajevo, she gained experience in the research and documentation of war crimes and the consequences of war. She is currently working as the Coordinator for Human Rights for Track Impunity Always (TRIAL), an NGO which helps the families of missing persons submit lawsuit applications to the European Court of Human Rights and to the Human Rights Committee.
Velija Hasanbegović, a survivor of the Višegrad genocide, was 16 years old when he escaped execution at the Višegrad Bridge in 1992. His work received the award for the best collection at the Exhibition of the Association for Art Photography BiH in Zenica in 2010 and, in April 2012, he was named ‘Photographer of the Year’ by the City of Sarajevo after receiving the cover of the London Financial Times Magazine for his photography contribution to Alec Russell’s article Unforgiven, unforgotten, unresolved: Bosnia 20 years on. Velija serves as PCRC’s main local photographer. For more of Velija’s work go to http://velijahasanbegovic.com/.
Muhamed Mešić was born in 1984 in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. A lawyer by academic training, a learner by vocation and a networker by passion, Mešić has worked with initiatives, projects, groups and businesses in 24 countries on four continents. By age 16, he was serving as City Councilor in his home town of Tuzla, and, by age 26, he was able to communicate in 56 different languages—from Aramaic to Yiddish, from Basque to Kinyarwanda, and from Quechua to Georgian—making him what most consider to be a linguistic genius.
Mešić has held workshops and seminars, given lectures and interviews and written for books, newspapers, and electronic media on topics such as creative industry, sustainable development, global citizenship, genocide studies and human rights. His network spans the world, from Argentina to Finland. Additional professional experience includes working as Project Manager for the British Council and acting as Senior Consultant for sustainable development and education projects for the Brainswork Group.
Mešić remains an optimist committed to changing the world for the better and is a fan of the Arctic, cycling, flags, and some of the world’s worst football teams.
Dr. Dinka Čorkalo Biruški is an Associate Professor and head of the Postgraduate Program in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb in Croatia. Čorkalo Biruški works in the Society for Psychological Assistance and her research interests lie in the area of ethnic identity and inter-group relations, with emphasis on divided communities. She has been investigating issues of ethnic/national identity and nationalism, the role of social context in trauma recovery and reconciliation, and post-war social reconstruction processes in divided communities. From 2003-2004, Dr. Čorkalo Biruški was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was doing a research comparing the nature of patriotic and nationalistic identifications among American and Croatian students. She received the annual National Scientific Award for the contribution to the understanding of social reconstruction processes in communities affected by the war trauma.
Ahmed Imamović was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He majored in Directing at Sarajevo’s Academy of Performing Arts and has worked as cameraman, assistant director, and screenwriter for documentaries and commercials. In 2002, his film 10 Minutes was awarded Best Short Film at the European Film Awards. His first feature film, Go West, won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2006 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York. Belvedere, his second feature film, was released in 2010 and has been screened around the world. An emotionally rich portrait of the Bosnian war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamović’s Belvedere paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.
Sonja Biserko is a Serbian campaigner for human rights and holds a degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics. She served as a diplomat for the former Yugoslavia in London and at the United Nations in Geneva for over 20 years until 1991 when she resigned her diplomatic position in protest over the policies of Slobodan Milošević and his nationalist agenda of an “ethnically purified” Greater Serbia. In Geneva in 1991, Biserko organized one of the first meetings of the Yugoslav opposition to Milošević. In 1994, she founded the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia (HCHRS) where she currently serves as the President of the organization.
Seida Sarić has been the Country Director of Women for Women International in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1998 and has helped more than 13,000 women rebuild their lives after surviving rape, forced impregnation, ethnic cleansing, and abuse as tools of war during the conflict in the 1990s. For more than three years, Seida and her sisters lived under siege in Sarajevo and she risked her life on a daily basis to provide emergency services to her fellow countrymen who were trapped inside the city. Under Sarić’s leadership, Women for Women International in BiH has implemented a program that provides direct financial assistance, rights education, vocational skills training and income-generating opportunities from women throughout the country. Through this program, women are able to acquire skills and finance for individual growth and can develop a communal growth and understanding through the coming together of various religions and ethnic groups. Sarić and her staff identify the need for women from the varying groups to meet, tell their stories, and identify their similarities as a means of peacebuilding. Sarić additionally oversees Women for Women International’s largest, most successful microcredit program, which has provided loans to nearly 11,700 women and totals approximately $21.9 million. Before coming to Women for Women International Sarić worked at Save the Children and Care International in various capacities. Her educational background spans from engineering to economics.
Branko Todorović is the President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska.
Hasan Nuhanović worked as a translator/interpreter with the Dutchbat III contingent of the United Nations Protection Force which was assigned the task of protecting the UN “safe area” of Srebrenica during the Bosnian war. After Srebrenica fell to the Bosnian Serb Army, Nuhanović’s family found shelter at the Potočari UN base but was soon forced to leave, ultimately falling victim to the Srebrenica genocide. Since the end of the Bosnian war, Nuhanović has campaigned to publicize the truth about genocide. He has provided evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and has helped establish the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial at Potočari. He works closely with other survivors, including the Mothers of Srebrenica in Sarajevo and the Women of Srebrenica in Tuzla. Nuhanović authored Under the UN Flag, a chronology of events at Srebrenica and examination of the responsibility and guilt of members of the international community who failed to fulfill their commitment to the “safe area” of Srebrenica.
Dr. Dino Abazović is a Doctor of sociological sciences and an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo. He has been the first Chairperson of the Steering Board of the Balkan Human Rights Network as well as the Secretary General of Atelier for Philosophy, Social Sciences and Psychoanalysis, Sarajevo. He teaches on the subjects of sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge and morality, religion and the modern world, and religion and conflict.
Dr. Abazović was hired as Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Sarajevo and is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Art, Science, and Social Issues. He has acquired additional education at the American Institute of Political and Economic Studies at Georgetown University, Charles Univerzita v Praze, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Lund, and the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Brussels ULB.
Marija Simanić-Arnautović began her career as a journalist in the Balkans region in 1998. From 2002 to 2003, she worked as an editor for the Montenegrin News Agency (MINA). From 2003 to 2004, she was a journalist and television news editor for Sarajevo Canton Television. Since then, she has worked in the Sarajevo office for Radio Free Europe as a journalist, reporter and news editor and serves as a magazine editor and host for Radio Free Europe’s TV Liberty.