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

    The Youth Initiative for Human Rights - Croatoa (YIHR Croatia) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental, youth-led human rights organization based in Zagreb, established in 2008. It works directly at the local and national levels in Croatia through its nation-wide program reach. As a part of the YIHR Regional Network, it works on the regional level with other YIHR organizations. The purpose is ‘preventing recurrence of violence on the territory of former Yugoslavia’. YIHR Croatia is also engaged in human rights work on the European and global level through participation in several pro-democracy human rights networks and coalitions.

    YIHR Croatia was established by a group of young human rights, democracy and memory activists wishing to contribute to: (a) realization of justice for wartime crimes; (b) reconciliation within the nation and with neighboring nations, and (c) strengthening of democracy in Croatia. The organization holds a balanced focus in its program on both the institutional and social change, thus working on advocacy, education, research, reporting, policy analysis and proposals, campaigns, youth activism and direct initiatives in society.

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    • Volunteer will assist with the activities that aim towards dealing with the past and reconciliation on the local, national and regional level in Croatia and Western Balkans.
    • Volunteer will assist with research, advocacy and memorialization initiatives.
    • Specifically, the student will help with writing research papers about transitional justice processes in Croatia, promotion of Regional Youth Cooperation Office of Western Balkans and implementing projects in education, exchange and reconciliation.



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