Youth Initiative for Human Rights - Croatia
Zabreb, Croatia
  • Mario Mazic
    Director of Programs
    AHDA Fellow, 2012

    The Youth Initiative for Human Rights is a regional network that seeks to prevent a reoccurrence of the violence and wars of the 1990s. To this end, YIHR seeks to develop capacity and cooperation among young people to lead and drive the creation of peaceful societies, to engage in dealing with the past process, and to address the legacy of violence in the present. YIHR’s mission is defined by its values: responsibility and accountability; truth; justice; co-existence; human life and dignity. We believe in the clear establishment of the facts about wars in the former Yugoslavia because we believe that the crimes of the past should be recognized and named. We believe that dignity must be restored to victims and that victims’ suffering must be recognized and addressed through reparations and prosecution of perpetrators. We believe that citizens of different ethnic, religious, racial, social, sexual and other affiliations can and should live together in peace and with mutual respect and that valuing human life and dignity is the foundation of democratic development for the former Yugoslavia.

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    YIHR has two major programs through which it designs and implements different activities, its reconciliation and transitional justice programs. The reconciliation program seeks to achieve dialogue at the local, national and regional levels about the recent past, especially among the younger generations. Its mission is the advocacy for a critical and fair approach to the wars of the former Yugoslavia and its successor states based on facts and on the representation of anti-nationalism as a precondition for the creation of a tolerant and successful society and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. The transitional justice program combines legal and non-legal methods in order to research the violations of human rights that happened during the wars in the early 90’s and in later political and legal proceedings. 

    The intern will participate in the activities of both programs. More specifically, the student will be involved in tasks related to: the organization and participation in Regional Exchange Programs, establishment of the Museum of Memory of Civil Victims of War, writing research papers about transitional justice processes in Croatia and the promotion of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of Western Balkans. It is expected that the intern will work as a project assistant on at least two education, research, exchange or reconciliation projects and will be fully engaged in the implementation process of its activities. Students are expected to write at least one research report during volunteer period about the topic which will be defied in cooperation with the student supervisor. The supervisor through this volunteer program will be Nikola Puharić, reconciliation program coordinator.


    While the organization is not able to provide housing, it will work with the student to identify a place to stay.