Human Rights House Foundation

Croatia

Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the Past

Documenta was founded by the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights Osijek, Centre for Peace Studies, Civic Council for Human Rights and the Croatian Helsinki Committee in order to initiate the process of dealing with the past, establish a factual truth about the war and contribute to shifting discussions from the level of disputes over facts (number of fatalities and similar) toward a dialogue on interpretations.

Contact:
 +385 1 457 2398
 +385 1 549 9742
 +385 1 549 9744
Street address:
Selska 112a
Postal address:
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

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Copyright: DocumentaIn their endeavour to initiate the process of dealing with the past and the establishment of a factual truth about the war and contribution to shifting discussions from the level of disputes over facts (number of fatalities and similar) toward a dialogue on interpretations, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights Osijek, Centre for Peace Studies, Civic Council for Human Rights and the Croatian Helsinki Committee decided to found Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past (hereinafter: Documenta).

The key reason for this is the experience of suppression and falsification of war crimes and other war incidents between 1941–2000 and which affected the newer history of both Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslavian countries.

The activities of Documenta include:

  • gathering, documentation and research of materials on war incidents and their assumptions, war crimes and violations of human rights and the establishment of a searchable data base
  • publication of documentation, research and results of the materials analysis
  • documentation and promotion of examples of resistance, solidarity and non-violent engagement
  • deepening of public dialogue and initiating public policies which stimulate dealing with the past
  • following judicial processes at a local and regional level as a contribution to the advancement of judicial standards and practice in the processing of war crimes
  • creation of a network for the support of victims and witnesses
  • contact with others involved in war incidents
  • development of Documenta into a stable and sustainable organization

In the realization of its goals, Documenta cooperates with the organizations of the initiators, organizations of families of missing persons, other civil initiatives, governmental institutions, international institutions and organizations, institutions of state and local self-governments, scientific-scholarly institutions, religious communities, media, and other interested parties.

In cooperation with the Humanitarian Law Fund from Belgrade, and the Centre for Documentation and Research from Sarajevo, Documenta is preparing the following regional projects:

  •  development of a compatible database on war incidents, on those involved in wars, victims, survivors and possible perpetrators
  • monitoring the court proceedings for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and Croatia
  • support to victims and witnesses which encompasses the inclusion of the families of those killed and missing in the following of judicial processes, proposing measures for the protection of witnesses, legal aid and preparation of witnesses for testifying
  • oral history
  • putting together regional lists of those missing, with personal information and brief information on the circumstances of the disappearance of all persons missing in the wars from 1990
  • putting together regional lists of those killed and murdered

 The Humanitarian Law Fund from Belgrade, the Centre for Documentation and Research from Sarajevo and the preparatory committee for the founding of Documenta from Zagreb signed a protocol on cooperation in Sarajevo, 6 April 2004.

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