blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff
How has the cooperation with GYC contributed to Youth Initiative for Human Rights mission?
When it comes to protecting human rights, dealing with the past and transitional justice in BiH, it is very important to work closely with people from BiH, but our mission also has to be educating and helping other people [from outside] to understand our human rights situation, what has happen in the past and the ways that we can deal with them so that others can truly understand our issues and points of view. In that way, cooperation with GYC has made a big contribution to our mission.
In our opinion, having an intercultural delegation has a great impact in helping participants to understand how things are working in BiH and that has made it much easier to make an approach on defending and promoting human rights in BiH, especially for the US participants. For example, BiH participants have given a retrospective on some cultural issues which helped the US participants to prepare themselves for having conversations with war crime victims and those whose human rights are violated, and to better understand their point of view on some issues.
What do you think are the long-term impact of GYC program on the human rights situation in Bosnia?
Having meetings with local and international organisations and individuals in BiH on the one side with young people from abroad who are interested in the human rights situation here on the other side, and them questioning on some issues during these meetings is something that can give a big boost to those who are dealing with promoting and protecting human rights in BiH, but also help those whose human rights are/were violated.
What do you think international participants gain the most through the GYC program?
The internationals have probably learned a lot about our culture, but more important is that they have used this opportunity to get an inside look on the human rights situation in BiH and how people here are fighting and struggling on their way to achieve some of the basic human rights. This is something that you cannot learn from school books, the TV or internet.
What do you think local participants gain the most through the GYC program?
Local participants now have much more motivation in advocating and promoting human rights in BiH after they have seen how internationals are very interested to help in improving the human rights situation in BiH. This can also be seen as a long-term impact on the human rights situation in BiH. Also, there are not many programs where they have the opportunity to learn so much about human rights in an international group where they can hear thoughts from people with different cultural background about different topics and question their own thoughts.