Years of international and national accountability efforts in the former Yugoslavia have only partially helped post-conflict societies to transition. To complement retributive justice efforts more recently, human rights activists have launched a campaign to establish a regional truth commission. This article explores the intricate efforts among nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in several states across the region - particularly Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia - to coordinate this movement. Drawing on participant observation and in-depth interviews, this study illustrates the movement's struggle from within - caused by the conflicting interests of its members - and from outside, as it seeks support from international and region-specific organizations as well as national governments. While activists have remained unsuccessful in institutionalizing new truth spaces, this article argues that the state-centric strategy of human rights advocates during the campaign widened the gap between the activist leaders and victims' groups, their principal supporters.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||CEU Political Science Journal|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2012|
- Former yugoslavia
- Human rights activism
- Post-conflict justice
- Truth commission