Twenty young activists in the field of transitional justice gathered in Vršac, Serbia from five post-conflict countries in the region – Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro to share experiences, network and discuss – but most importantly to continue to learn new skills and gather knowledge.

Peace activism in the region has a long tradition, for more than 30 years brave activists, individuals and organizations are fighting for peace, based on values of democracy and respect for human and minority rights. In the post-war period, we are working on peacebuilding and bringing justice for the victims.

“We gathered in Vršac, as tensions in the region are growing, as warmongering speech is present in public space more than ever. New challenges require renewed energy and regional connections of peace activists, which is exactly what we worked on in Vršac. We have met new people, strengthened old partnerships, learned new things and reinforced our commitment for regional cooperation in dealing with the past efforts. As extreme nationalisms grow in strength and presence in the region, we must be more vocal, more connected and more consistent than ever in order to fulfill our goals. We want to preserve peace, achieve meaningful reconciliation which is founded in justice for victims, truth, and accountability of the perpetrators.”

Training was organized in cooperation with the UNDP, with financial support of the UK Government.