Following the collapse of Yugoslavia and subsequent wars, the United Nations designated Srebrenica as a 'safe area'. An international peace force was to guarantee the safety of the population. Despite being under the protection of Dutch UN soldiers, over 8000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, became the victims of genocide in July 1995.
PAX is actively involved both for and with the survivors of Srebrenica on many different fronts. PAX supports their Campaign for Truth and Justice and the Memorial Centre in Potocari (Srebrenica). We arrange for contact between Dutchbat soldiers and survivors. We also work with the municipality of Srebrenica and civil society organizations. We aim with this approach to establish truth and justice and to promote dialogue and cooperation between ethnic groups. We do so together with a number of partners including The Memorial Centre and survivor associations.
PAX’s activities in Srebrenica fall under the topic Dealing with the past. Other programmes within the same topic include:
In Colombia peace organisation PAX offers support to victims of the armed conflict and their families. In particular, we seek to increase the capacity of victims’ organisations from the Cesar, Cauca and Meta (Macarena) regions to push for the implementation of their rights. Furthermore, in the Cauca region PAX accompanies the reintegration of former (guerrilla) combatants from indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, who – after the signing of the Peace Agreement – are expected to return to their communities of origin.
PAX works to involve citizens from all of Kosovo’s communities in the local, national, and international policymaking processes that affect their lives. PAX strives to bring citizens together to address challenges of common interest, such as poor governance, weak rule of law, and the unresolved legacy of violent conflict.
Peace organization PAX supports the survivors of the Srebrenica massacre and the next of kin of those who perished. It supports their campaigns for truth and justice, and organizes commemorations and stimulates dialogue between Dutch battalion members and Srebrenica widows, to increase feelings of recognition, foster mutual understanding and to help to deal with traumas on all sides. The Potocari Memorial Center is an important partner in all this work.
From 2015 onwards, PAX decided to develop a specific program focusing on Dealing With the Past in the Western Balkan region (Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia), to better facilitate cooperation between local civil society initiatives on memorialization. We also carry out research on this topic, try to link up these initiatives to national and international lobby agendas.