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Nora Ahmetaj

Kosovo  
Center for International Human Rights,... (Unverified)
Joined April 2016
Interests: Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods
My path to human rights advocacy came out of my experience during the armed conflict in Kosovo, when I conducted investigations of war and crimes against humanity for the Humanitarian Law Centre. Inspired by a profound need to seek reconciliation and the right to truth for victims and former adversaries of the Kosovo conflict, om 2010 I founded the Center for Research, Documentation, and Publication (CRDP) to help heal the scars of warfare and restore the dignity of the victims. The mission of CRDP is to develop mechanisms related to Dealing with the Past through research, documentation, publication and advocacy.

During the course of my work, I have grappled with the following questions: first, how can people who are traumatized by war and human rights violations regain trust of other citizens and state institutions? Second, how can people overcome their violent past to build a common and peaceful future? The Balkan civil wars in the 1990s, and especially the Kosovo war, have left communities in a state of despair, distrust and hostility towards each other. In Kosovo, peaceful transformation will be a long and complex process. Transitional justice is not a static process exclusively reliant on the rule of law and the work of security institutions and courts. Restorative justice is mainly to be achieved through dialogue, restoration of dignity of victims and their integration, and the restitution of relations between conflicting parties.
Women were part of my research, and as a feminist and human rights research, i was in particular perplexed by rape during the war.
Moving to an international level is my goal now, and i see this global initiative as the best start.

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