The war, recent evictions of population on national basis, experiences
of exile as well as traditional national animosities in Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Croatia have significant bearing on the current
state of minority rights in these two states. Due to the legacy
of the past and/or non-democratic regimes in power, minority rights
are not observed and individual guilt is frequently equated with
the collective. For this reason, two news agencies – SAFAX from
Sarajevo and STINA from Split – initiated a project titled 'Educative
and Informative Service for Minority Rights and Inter-Ethnic Relations'
in conjunction with Westminster Foundation for Democracy from Washington.
The project consists of radio-programming production for local radio-stations
in BiH and Croatia as well as various texts and articles emailed
to respective readership. The conception of both the radio programming
and articles is informative and analytical, and they cover developments
in the field of minority rights in BiH and Croatia. The texts and
articles are available on the MPI web (scroll down to the bottom
of the page for link).
The main objective of the project is to initiate systematic and
competent informing of the public on the status, rights and significance
of minorities, the value of interethnic life, interethnic tolerance
as well as the relations between majority and minority in a society.
Systematic informing on these issues will contribute to gradual
overcoming of prejudices generated by the war as well as ideological
and political manipulation, while an evolving political culture
of minority issues and their relations with the majority would advance
the overall democratisation of society. Namely, there can be no
genuine democracy of Western profile without a sophisticated cultivation
of minority-majority relations.
In addition, information on political culture in terms of minority
issues and minority-majority relations would be particularly helpful
to all those involved in practical development and harmonisation
of the relations between minorities and majority, including the
conduct of local authorities, educational arrangements, protection
and development of national cultures and identities and even most
complex issues of minority relations with their kin communities
in respective neighbouring countries.
ARCHIVE OF MINORITY
SAFAX - Sarajevo Fax News
STINA - news agency