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Past, Present, FORUM FUTURE

12.04.2022 10:00 Civic Energy Center, North Mitrovica Finished

On behalf of NGO AKTIV and members of the Kosovo Coalition for Reconciliation, we are pleased to invite you to: Past, Present, FORUM FUTURE - The State of Reconciliation in Kosovo - A two-day conference to be held in the Civic Energy Center in North Mitrovica on the 12th and the 13th of April 2022.

Two decades after the secession of hostilities in Kosovo, the nature of inter-ethnic relations remains ambiguous. Despite significant investment and effort on the part of the international community and the civil society sector, Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs lack common ground, and indeed a shared conception of what reconciliation is and in what manner it can be achieved. This conference will address a number of open-ended questions connected to this issue in an atmosphere that fosters constructive debate. Eminent panelists from various walks of public life will examine and deconstruct the nature of the role of the media and civil society in the reconciliation process and, for the first time, will also consider the role of Kosovo’s smaller non-majority communities and their relationship with the two larger ethnic groups.

NGO AKTIV and their partners look forward to welcoming you to what we believe will be a fruitful, engaging and important discussion!

Note: The number of live viewers is limited due to the pandemic situation, if you want to be in the audience please sign up for the panel you are interested in via e-mail: applications@ngoaktiv.org


12th of April 2022

09:30 – 10:00   Arrival and Registration of participants

10:00 – 10:10   Opening remarks       

10:10 – 12:00  Panel Discussion 1: What is the nature of the current role that the media plays in the reconciliation process? Can and should they play a more significant role? The extent to which the media have a social responsibility to promote reconciliation through their reporting is a difficult one and the function (or lack thereof) of the media as one of the chief facilitators of that process is heavily debated. During this panel, our guests will tackle these and topics.


Budimir Ničić, Journalist, Voice of America


Goran Avramović, Journalist, Radio KiM

Xhemajl Rexha, Chairmen of the Association of Journalists in Kosovo

Besa Luci, Editor-in-Chief, Kosovo 2.0

Tatjana Lazarević, Editor-in-Chief, KoSSev Portal

12:00 – 13:00    Coffee and Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:00   Panel Discussion 2: Has the civil society sector in Kosovo had a measurable impact on the reconciliation process in Kosovo? Civil society is often promoted as a crucial actor in the dialogue process, but the scope and depth of its actual impact is often brought into question. Panelists will take a look at the role that non-governmental organizations play (or don’t play) in inter-ethnic reconciliation in Kosovo.


Katarina Marinković, Media Center, Čaglavica/Çagllavicë


Nora Ahmetaj, Founder and Director at the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP)

Marigona Shabiu, Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR)

Darko Dimitrijević, Journalist and Executive Director of the Center for the Rights of Minority Communities (CRMC)

Milica Jakovljević, Project Manager, Community Building Mitrovica (CBM)

15:00 – 15:10   Closing remarks


13th April 2022

09:30 – 10:00    Arrival and Registration of participants           

10:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion 3: Security and Reconciliation: What challenges does the current security situation pose to reconciliation?  Although two decades have elapsed since the end of the conflict in 1999, security continues to pose a challenge for Kosovo’s non-majority communities. Panelists will tackle this question, as well as whether or not (in)action on the part of public institutions threatens prospect for reconciliation.  


Zorica Vorgučić, Radio KIM


Dušan Radaković, Executive Director, Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC)

Bekim Blakaj, Executive Director, Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLCK)

Aferdita Sylaj Shehu, Executive Director, Community Building Mitrovica (CBM)

Igor Marković, Chief Researcher and Project Manager, NGO AKTIV

12:00 – 13:00    Coffee and Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Panel Discussion 4: What role do Kosovo’s Smaller Non-Majority Communities play in the reconciliation process? Kosovo’s smaller ethnic groups are often overlooked when discussing the reconciliation process and indeed in other debates over the rights and status of non-majority communities in general. Over the course of this discussion, panelists will analyze this and other questions regarding their position in Kosovo.


Caleb Waugh, Head of the Policy Office at NGO AKTIV


Fatir Berzati, Activist and Chief Editor for Slavic Languages at Kosova Info, Gorani Community of Kosovo

Votim Demiri, President of the Jewish Community of Kosovo

Sejfi Kodra, Translator, Political Scientist and Activist, Turkish Community of Kosovo

Mimoza Gavrani, Policy Expert, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Roma Community of Kosovo

15:00 – 15:10   Closing Remarks                                                             

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