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Interview with Nusreta Sivac, recipient of the 2020 Civic Courage Award. In Bosnian.

A complete English-language translation is available through the transcript provided here. Translated by Adna Karamehic-Oates.

The presentation of the award and events planned in March were cancelled due to COVID-19. In their stead, the Center arranged to record an interview that would allow Ms. Sivac to talk about her experiences.

Interviewer: Adna Karamehic-Oates
Interview Date: December 30, 2020

The Civic Courage Award was established in 2015 and is awarded for courageous commitment to the civic values of respect, equality, and pluralism that represent the best traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Recipients are presented with the award at a formal ceremony and reception hosted by the Center for Bosnian Studies.

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Working as a judge from 1978 until the outbreak of war Bosnia in 1992, Nusreta Sivac became an inmate at the Bosnian Serb-run Omarska camp in Prijedor where she and other women at the camp were raped, beaten, and tortured. After the camp's closure, she became an activist for victims of rape and is credited with helping in the recognition of wartime rape as a war crime under international law. Ms. Sivac helped prepare indictments for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she has also testified. Her story is featured in the Emmy-award-winning documentary Calling the Ghosts: A Story about Rape, War, and Women. She is a member of the Women's Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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27-3-2020 6:00 PM

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Civic Courage Award: 2020

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Interview with Nusreta Sivac, recipient of the 2020 Civic Courage Award. In Bosnian.

A complete English-language translation is available through the transcript provided here. Translated by Adna Karamehic-Oates.

The presentation of the award and events planned in March were cancelled due to COVID-19. In their stead, the Center arranged to record an interview that would allow Ms. Sivac to talk about her experiences.

Interviewer: Adna Karamehic-Oates
Interview Date: December 30, 2020

The Civic Courage Award was established in 2015 and is awarded for courageous commitment to the civic values of respect, equality, and pluralism that represent the best traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Recipients are presented with the award at a formal ceremony and reception hosted by the Center for Bosnian Studies.

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