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Human Rights and Destruction of Cultural Memory: the Stolac case

(17/08-2005) During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1995), the town of Stolac became a symbol of "cultural murder": the attempt to blot an entire ethnic group out from public memory by systematically destroying their cultural heritage.

Last year the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina arranged an international conference in Sarajevo on the Stolac case. The conference shed light on the cultural damages of Stolac from historical, sociological and human rights perspectives. In april 2005 the Norwegian Helsinki Committee hosted a similar conference in Oslo. Information and opinion shared at these conferences have been gathered into one final report, available in English and Bosnian version.