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Event Highlights '14 Bosnian Election Initiative

Fontbonne Unviersity will host a presentation and discussion about Prvi Mart, an initiative to use legal and ethical means to positively influence the 2014 general elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The presentation is an element of the Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University.

A key component of Prvi Mart is to encourage voting by Bosnians who were forced to leave Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war and genocide — many of whom now live in St. Louis.

Goals include:
  • Removing barriers that impede the return of displaced persons to the part of Bosnia-Herzegovina called Republika Srpska;
  • Restoring a Bosnian society based on tolerance, truth, justice, equality, and the protection of human rights;
  • And facilitating Bosnia-Herzegovina's progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

Guest speakers will include Refik Hodzic, Edin Ramulic and Emir Suljagic (who will speak via video feed).

About the speakers:
Refik Hodzic was born in Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and now lives in New York City. As a filmmaker, journalist, and communications specialist, he has devoted his career to promoting human rights in countries and regions marred by conflict. In 1998 he began working for the United Nations, first as a spokesperson for missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and East Timor and later as Outreach Coordinator for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. In 2004 in Sarajevo, Mr. Hodzic co-founded XY Films, which produces documentary films and television programs about war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. He also consulted for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, assisting with the Tribunal’s outreach strategy. In 2011, Mr. Hodzic joined the International Center for Transitional Justice, where he serves as Director of Communications.

Edin Ramulic was born in in Prijedor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he currently lives. As co-founder of the NGO Union Prijedor Source, Mr. Ramulić has collected evidence about missing and murdered Bosnians, monitoring exhumation of remains and creating a victim database. He has also organized photo exhibitions and written reports that have been used by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. In recent years, Mr. Ramulic has served as spokesperson and president of the NGO Izvor, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the crimes against women that were part of the Bosnian genocide. In 2010, at The Hague, Mr. Ramulic addressed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as representative of a variety of organizations working to excavate the remains of genocide victims in the former Yugoslavia.

Dr. Emir Suljagic was born in Ljubovija, Serbia, and grew up in nearby Bratunac, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author of Postcards from the Grave, a first-hand account of the 1995 assault on Srebrenica and the subsequent massacre. Beginning in 1996, Dr. Suljagic worked as reporter and staff writer for Dani, a Sarajevo-based weekly known for its reporting on political corruption. From 2002 to 2004, he covered war crimes trials conducted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg with a dissertation on ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. He recently served as Minister of Education for the Sarajevo Canton until death threats forced his resignation in 2012. Dr. Suljagic now leads the Prvi Mart Coalition in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

To learn more, contact Dr. Ben Moore at 314.889.4553.