Conference in Kosovo “Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation” May 22

On May 22, 2012 IHJR’s Executive Director Catherine Cissé-van den Muijsenbergh was invited to speak at the public conference titled “Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation:  What Kind of Truth Seeking  Mechanism does Kosovo Need?’’, jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo and the International Civilian Office.

Ms Cissé-van den Muijsenbergh explained that the vision of the IHJR is predicated on the notion of history being an underestimated although powerful instrument for social change. By counteracting the abuse of historical legacies, IHJR aims at promoting reconciliation, tolerance and understanding.

On the methodology, she added that IHJR successfully brought together opposing sides to produce shared narratives on the past. She reminded the relevance of IHJR project on political myths in the former Yugoslavia and the importance of joint historical commissions in the healing process of nations, in particular in France, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland.

During her visit in Pristina, the Executive Director also had a face to face meeting with Ambassador Pieter Feith, the International Civilian Representative in Kosovo. In addition, she gave interviews to the local media and had meetings with the director of the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP).

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The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) works with educational and public policy institutions to organize and sponsor historical discourse in pursuit of acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes. Founded in 2004, the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) is an independent, nonprofit institution based in Leiden.