Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska, in cooperation with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, organized a training for civil society representatives on April 19, 2012 titled “Improving Modalities for More Active Civil Society Sector Involvement in the Work of the Judiciary on War Crime Cases” at the Hollywood Hotel in Sarajevo.
Director of the Association for Democratic Initiatives Snježana Ivandić, during the aforementioned training, presented the topic of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy in BiH and the role of civil society, as well as the coalition of 6 NGOs working to evaluate the implementation of the reform measures and activities of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy Action Plan BiH (JSRS). During the presentation Ms. Ivandić presented to the participants a case study “The Importance of Analytical Approach in the Formulation of Public Policies and Regulations in the Justice Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina” jointly prepared by the Centres for Civic Initiatives and the Association for Democratic Initiatives.
During the training, particpants discussed the adoption of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and the National War Crimes Strategy, which envisage stronger involvement of civil society sector in the work of the judiciary. One of the priority issues regarding the stronger involvement of civil society in the work of the judiciary in BiH is the development of a model of cooperation between the civil society sector and judicial institutions dealing with war crime cases. This model should, first and foremost, create an opportunity for different sections of BiH society to be represented in the work of the judiciary, but also to gradually build public confidence in the justice system and the rule of law, especially when it comes to war crime trials.
The training was covered by the media by the TV Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
You can download the training agenda here: Agenda_Unapredjenje modaliteta aktivnijeg djelovanja.