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General Purposes


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $155,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2011–June 30, 2013
  • Location Zagreb, Croatia
  • Geographic Focus Croatia

About this grant

The grantee’s mission is to build a democratic culture based on human rights and the rule of law in Croatia by stimulating Croatian society to deal with the legacy of war crimes and human rights abuses in Croatia and the region. To this end, Documenta will: 1) research and document human loss and collect oral histories; 2) facilitate public discussion and debate on issues of dealing with the past; and 3) monitor war crimes trials in Croatia and the region. The grantee is also working with other groups across the region to establish a regional victims’ commission. During the past two years, the grantee conducted extensive interviews and analyzed documentation in order to identify more than 2,200 victims from one war-torn county in Croatia; increased its library of recorded oral histories to 125 videos; participated in a regional coalition to establish a regional victims’ commission including organizing local and national consultation events; and helped to establish the human rights house in Zagreb. Based in Zagreb, Documenta actively works with similar organizations in the Western Balkans.