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School of Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts

The sixth lecture within the project realized with the assistance of OSCE and
in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad University

Planned for October 29, 2011, held on November 12, 2011

"Forms of Human Rights Violations; Genocide" (Lecturer: Janja Bec)

Should we talk at all about genocide? Does the talk about genocide disturb regional tranquility, does it frighten away potential investors?

Crimes and genocide must be discussed, never swept under the carpet. But why are they not discussed then? Because people are afraid they might be rejected or are ashamed.

The only way to prevent these crimes from reoccurring is to discuss them and fight against them. The post-war traumas are transgenerational and suppressed - they are not gone. Despite the fact that we have not directly participated in the crimes in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia we are obliged to discuss them.

That can only help us to get a true picture of the conflict. This region has always been under the influence of great powers. Against such a background we have always been prone to considering ourselves victims (backyard psychology) rather than to engaging in introspection.

Cruelty in family and education, violence against women or family violence could be the roots of a conflict and even cause structuring of an individual capable of committing the gravest crimes. Genocide is always committed against vulnerable groups and the violence against these groups is always gradual - from the mildest to the gravest forms. Genocide is always established at the highest political - as a political goal. Denial of genocide is a state strategy.


Some questions and comments by students:

1. What are the chances of having a course on war crimes introduced in domestic high education system?

2. The "victim" syndrome is deep-rooted in these areas. We need time to come to grips with our past and learn all the information. Maybe this topic still needs to be postponed for a while.

3. There must be no postponement. We have already wasted too much time.

4. By the textbook "National History of Serbs" taught at the Faculty of Law the history of Serbs ends in 1941. Not a word what happened after 1941.


"Equality and Discrimination" (keynote address: Milica Pavicevic of the Office of the Ombudswoman for the Protection of Equality)

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