The conference “Remembrance and Forgiveness: Steps toward a Bright Future”, held at Hotel Europe, was developed, directed, and organized by Velma Šarić and co-coordinated by Leslie Woodward and done in partnership with the Association for Concentration Camp Detainees Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACCDBiH).

This conference was the first of its kind in BiH, bringing 35 international students and 65 Bosnian students from all regions of BiH, including from both the Federation and the Republika Srpska entities, together to discuss the issues surrounding genocide and concentration camp detainment. It’s importance was marked by the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide to which the second day of the conference was dedicated.

US Ambassador, Charles English, opened the second day of the conference and panelists focused on the events that took place in Bosanska Krajina and Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. Students had the unique chance to hear from prominent experts, journalists, professors and survivors on the topics of genocide, reconciliation and peacebuilding.

Financial support, provided by the the Embassy of the United States of America – Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ACCDBiH, made it possible for students from the Federation, Republika Srpska and Brcko District to attend. Additional funding for the conference was provided by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), while Hotel Europe provided the venue and accommodation for speakers, students and guests. The conference received significant media coverage and was featured on BiH’s main television stations and appeared in various outlets for print and digital media.

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