VISAthing Exchange Program: Open Call for participants

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (YIHR BiH and YIHR KS) are organizing an exchange program targeting the issue of the visa regime, restrictions to freedom of movement and youth mobility in the region. The VISAthing Exchange Program consists out of two study visits, one to Prishtina and one to Sarajevo, and is targeting young people who are currently based in these two cities and willing to travel with their Bosnian/Kosovar travel documents.

Why VISAthing?

Since the establishing of the visa regime between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012 and 2014), traveling from one country to another with documents issued by the two governments became a nightmare for almost everyone who wants to travel – individuals, tourists, those who visit relatives, organizers of exchange programs, professionals, even government officials. A lot of those quit of traveling because of the “visa thing”. The YIHR regional network and our activists tackled this issue a few times in the past, but now we want to show how this “visa thing” works in practice.

About the program

Participants will be introduced to the work of the YIHR regional network with a special focus on regional cooperation and get an insight on the visa procedures in both countries. Preparatory meetings at YIHR offices in Prishtina and Sarajevo will be held in the period of three weeks before the study visits during which participants will actively take part in the procedure of obtaining visas for both visits, their visit to the other city and the visit of the others to their city. This part of the program will be ongoing during November 2017.

Study visits to Prishtina and Sarajevo will last for four (4) days each, and will include historical and cultural orientation of the city and country, presentation of visa procedures made by participants, meetings with institutions in charge of visa issuing, meetings with politicians to discuss BiH-Kosovo relations and the state of regional cooperation, meetings with representatives of Bosnian/Kosovar community etc. The Prishtina visit is scheduled for November 27-30, 2017. The Sarajevo visit is scheduled for December 4-7, 2017.

Who can participate?

Participants should be able to attend the whole program, including preparatory meetings and both study visits – in Prishtina and in Sarajevo. Participants should be based in Prishtina or Sarajevo to be able to take fully part in the program. We are looking for senior undergraduate or recent graduate students in the field of law, political science, international relations or journalism, willing to travel with Bosnian or Kosovar travel documents and who show interest to deal further with the visa issue once the program is over. Field of studies will not be a selection criterion, so if you are not part of this target group, but you have a strong motivation, we encourage you to apply.

How to apply?

Those interested to participate can apply by sending their CV (max. two pages), motivational letter (max. one page) and at least one follow-up activity idea (one paragraph). All applications should be send in English not later than October 31, 2017. Prishtina-based applicants should send their applications to Sarajevo-based applicants should send their applications to Uncomplete applications and those send after October 31 will not be considered.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions related to the VISAthing Exchange Program or need more information, please contact Rasim Ibrahimagić at (YIHR BiH) or Gjylymser Nallbani at (YIHR KS).

Courage gegen Fremdenhass e.V. (Berlin, Germany), Foyer d´Études Francaises (Drôme, France) and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) are organizing a three-part training program for multipliers from Germany, France and Bosnia and Herzegovina, starting in autumn 2017 and ending in autumn 2018.

The aim is to qualify the participants to individually manage and implement youth projects that are adapted to the specific current and historical conditions of their local or national location. We are looking primarily for young people (between 18 and 35) from Sarajevo and surrounding, who are related to the topic of history in a professional, activist or volunteer manner.

Dates and places of the training:

  • Autumn 2017: Berlin/Würzburg, Germany
  • Spring 2018: Dieulefit, France
  • Autumn 2018: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first training will be in Berlin and Würzburg (Germany) from October 29 to November 5, 2017. The official project language is English. Costs, including travel, accommodation and meals, will be covered through project funds by the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ).

Interested and want to apply?

Send an e-mail to both, and, with the following content: name, date and place of birth, address, e-mail and phone number, 2-3 sentences about your professional activities, and a few sentences about your motivation to participate. We will accept applications until August 28, 2017 (Monday, 23.59h).

For more information, please contact Anna Tüne (

We are happy to invite 23 multipliers (educators, trainers and youth workers) from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Poland and Germany who work is in the field of (international) youth work and/or civic education to take part in the training course Democracy in Action – From the Personal to the Political which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 23rd to 30th September, 2017.

Project overview

During this training course participants will have a chance to become familiar with two civic education methods respectively – Betzavta and Applied debate. Further, participants will engage in reflecting upon these methods and developing ideas regarding the way in which they can utilize them in their own working context. Finally, the international composition of the training aims to foster development of intercultural cooperation on the international level.

About methods

Betzavta is a Hebrew word which means “together”. The title of this method for learning about democracy, which was developed by the Adam Institute in Israel, makes up the programme and philosophical background at the same time. Betzavta questions the traditional and unsatisfactory paths of conventional conflict resolution with surprising seminar units and presents in its place the concept of creative conflict resolution. With the help of a special conflict dilemma method, it achieves the essential conditions for tolerant social interaction: the willingness to mutually recognize the right to personal freedom and other peoples’ needs. On this basis, the four steps of democratic decision-making provide the conflicting parties with a valuable tool for dealing with conflicts in a novel way. Betzavta is an internationally renowned democracy education programme used in schools and non-school educational institutions.

Applied debate presents several different approaches to debate outside of its usual, competitive setting and explores debate’s potential, across different contexts, to engage with discrimination and build understanding between various groups in society. Through the Applied Debate course, the participants will improve their critical thinking, argumentation, rhetorical and empathy skills, widening their perspective to seek alternatives to the polarized, dichotomous thinking (us versus them) so widespread in the current local and international political domains.


Kreisau-Initiative, Germany

Hosting organization

HERMES, Croatia


MODOM, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Open Communication, Serbia

Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Poland


Meeting place

The training course is going to take place at two locations. The first part of the training will be held at Sljeme (in a hotel at the top of the mountain Medvednica north of Zagreb which is accessible by public transport from the city of Zagreb) in order to provide a chance to work in a peaceful surrounding of natural beauties of Medvednica mountain. On the fourth day of the training a short brake will be made by moving to the city center of Zagreb and getting to know the historical and political context of the city. The following days training will be continued at the seminar place in the city center.

Details concerning the training course

  • Date: September 23rd to 30th, 2017
  • Place: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Poland and Germany
  • Language: English
  • Fee for course: (covers accommodation in a triple room in 3* hotel, training, all meals and one day excursion in Zagreb; a reduced fee for students, apprentice, and unemployed upon request)

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Serbia – 40 € (30 € reduced fee)

Croatia – 50 € (40 € reduced fee)

Poland – 80 € (60 € reduced fee)

Germany – 150 € (115 € reduced fee)

  • Travel Costs: (costs will be reimbursed after the training)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – maximum 180 €

Croatia – maximum 180 €

Poland – maximum 275 €

Germany – maximum 275 €

Serbia – maximum 180 € for travel distance between 100 and 499 KM

maximum 275 € for travel distance between 500 and 1999 KM

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – maximum 275 €

Application: Please fill out the application form below and send to at latest by 31st July, 2017

For any further enquiries please contact Iva Bubalo,, +49 30 53 83 63 63, Kreisau-Initiative.

This training is funded by the Eramsmus+ programme.

Application form available here.

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BiH) in partnership with the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) is organizing the official Sarajevo Film Festival Docu Corner from 12th to 17th August 2017.

What is Docu Corner?


Docu Corner is a platform for young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region (Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) and Europe.  It is an active part of the Competitive Documentary program during the SFF, where participants after attending premier movie screenings have the opportunity to discuss with movie makers about relevant issues related to their movies, which are mostly human rights related.

What else is part of the YIHR BiH program during the SFF?

YIHR BiH as part of the program organizes additional activities such as visits to museums, galleries and other places related to culture, remembrance or dealing with the past. Since SFF also has a Dealing with the Past program, YIHR BiH will invite a number of participants of the Docu Corner to attend part of the Dealing with the Past program which includes movie screenings, discussions and lectures.

Who can apply and how?

If you are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 to 28 years old and speak English – you are eligible to apply. In order to apply, please fill in this application form and send it to together with a photo of you attached to the e-mail (not inside the application form!).

IMPORTANT: Please have in mind that the photo is needed for the official SFF accreditation which is necessary to have in order to attend the screenings and Docu Corner. The photo should show your face, has to be in .jpg format and the title of the photo should be your name and surname.

Other important information:

We will accept applications until end of July. All applicants will be informed about the selection results no later than 7th August when we will send all the logistical details and final agenda of the program. YIHR BiH will provide accommodation, food, museum/gallery tickets, cover travel expenses and provide official SFF accreditation for all selected participants.

For additional information please contact us at

Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France), in cooperation with Buchenwald Memorial (Germany), Foundation Fossoli (Italy), Museum-Memorial of Exile La Jonquera (Spain) and Les Territoires de Mémoire (Belgium) are organizing an European Youth Encounter “Memory and commitment” at the Memorial of Rivesaltes Camp (France) from June 28th to July 5th, 2017. Partner organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in BiH (YIHR BiH).

The aim of the encounter is to exchange and work on the topic “memory and civic commitment” – How to connect dealing with the past and commitment for the present? How can memory work help to develop and strengthen the commitment for current causes, as the defense of human rights and the fight against xenophobia?

Activities of the encounter are workshops, visits, encounters with associations and artists who are involved in the defense of human rights, round-tables, artistic performance with young Syrians about the current situation in Syria. The participants will be asked to do some preparatory work which they will present and discuss during the encounter.

Participants will be young adults between 18 and 25 years who are active in the field of memory work and civil society, from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain – three participants from each country.

YIHR BiH is looking for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can apply by sending your CV and motivational letter to, no later than June 7th (16.00h). The working language will be English.

More about the Rivesaltes Camp (France):

The Rivesaltes Camp, in South-Western France, nearby the Spanish border, was opened in 1939 as a military camp. From 1939 on it served also for many other purposes: after 1941 it was used by the French State as an internment camp for “undesirable foreigners”, especially Spanish refugees, Jews and Roma; in 1942 it served as a detention and transit camp for Jews who were then deported to the Nazi extermination camps in Eastern Europe; after 1944 and the liberation of France, collaborators and German prisoners of war were interned there; after 1962, it was then used for several years as a camp for  Muslim Algerians who had served as auxiliaries with the French Army during the Algerian War of independence (1954–1962), and then, from 1986 until it’s closure in 2007, the camp was partially used as a detention center for illegal immigrants.  The Memorial of the Rivesaltes Camp, which is documenting the different layers of it’s history, was inaugurated in 2015.


Maison de I’Europe de Paris is implementing a new project called EUbyCITIZENS in cooperation with YIHR BiH and another 9 partner organisations from Europe.

The European Union is facing up to the mistrust of European citizens. The Maison de l’Europe de Paris and its partners are convinced that, by stimulating the knowledge of the history and the current role of the European Union, the distrust which prevails these days might disappear.

Therefore, the Maison de l’Europe de Paris developed the EUbyCITIZENS project, which aims to reach many citizens from various groups through partners established in 10 countries. The project takes place in Member States (France, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Romania) and candidate countries (Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia), from East to West in Europe. This political and geographical diversity represents the wealth of European culture. It allows having a contrasting outlook of the EU and its issues and guarantees the relevance of the project.

The goal is to give the keys for a better understanding of European history and current European policies in order to better involve the citizens in the democratic process.

To this end, experts from civil society debate in several countries with citizens representatives on three topics: the history of the European Union, its values, and the impact of European policies in daily life. They write together a booklet entitled “The European Union seen by the European citizens”. The authors could be inspired by a former booklet written by the “Maison de l’Europe de Paris” with 3 partners (from Luxemburg, Poland and Germany) in 2012 and available in 3 languages (French, English and Polish).

Concurrently, several activities (street interviews, conferences, questions on social networks) are put in place in order to collect the opinion of the European citizens from the 10 countries regarding history, values and future European issues.

In the end, the booklet and collected opinions will be brought together in a digital and educational tool in Prezi format.

The partners meet with the experts and citizens representatives: in February 2016 in Paris during a preliminary meeting, and then for 5 meetings to draft the booklet (in April 2016 Warsaw, June 2016 in Sofia, September 2016 in Belgrade, December 2016 in Ljubljana, January 2017 in Barcelona, March 2017 in Bucharest and May 2017 in Paris)

The impact of this project results from the booklet and the digital tool. They guarantee wide dissemination and allow teachers and educators to have access to a pedagogical tool and teaching aid. Our relays, in civil society, in formal and in non formal education, are the first beneficiaries of these tools. They will in turn spread the information.

The quality of the project is guaranteed by the cooperation between experienced partners, which call on experts and citizens from 10 different European countries.

The opinion report from Bosnia and Herzegovina is available here: Opinion report – Bosnia and Herzegovina