PeaceNexus Foundation

Humanitarian Law Center

May 2, 2018

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) is a Belgrade-based NGO focusing on transitional justice in the Western Balkans. The organisation has comprehensively documented war-related human rights abuses during the wars in the former Yugoslavia and is pursuing justice for its victims – in numerous cases successfully. The Center is also advocating for institutional reforms and remembrance of what has happened during the most recent wars. The HLC is well connected on a global level, including on the regional level where it is the driving force behind the RECOM Initiative, which seeks to establish a regional truth commission for the former Yugoslavia.

With the winding down of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the bulk of HLC’s documentation work concluding in the coming years, HLC is developing new ambitions in relation to its societal role. To engage a broader public on dealing with the past, the HLC will further develop its Documentation Centre that curates a comprehensive documentation facility, conducts ongoing research, represents and advocates for the rights of victims, facilitates debate and dialogue among the public, supports policy makers in building a culture of prevention of recurrence and that builds synergies and partnerships with like-minded organisations at the national, regional and global level.

In 2017, the HLC asked PeaceNexus (PN) to support its strategy and organisational development which has led to tangible results on both levels. The collaboration is currently entering a follow-on phase.

“PeaceNexus is helping us in a flexible and responsive way to identify challenges and find solutions to address them. Their support is rooted in a thorough understanding of our needs and directed towards strengthening our capacities. PN’s support means a lot to us at this moment in view of our newly established management structure and the challenges ahead of us with the development of our Documentation Centre.”

Jelena Krstić, Member of the Executive Team