This was the topic of yesterday’s discussion between the ambassador of France in Montenegro, H.E. Christian Timonier and the ambassador of Germany to Montenegro, H.E. Peter Felten, which was organized in the Information and Documentation Center as the final activity of the School of Transitional Justice.
The students of the School – law and political science students – had the opportunity to gain new knowledge about transitional justice and the importance of dealing with the past through various lectures and trainings where they learned how to gather information and write investigative stories. At yesterday’s final meeting, we gained an understanding about the whole process of reconciliation and cooperation between France and Germany as well as current narratives among the young population in these countries.
According to Mr. Timonier, it is important to keep the memory alive, among other things, for the sake of building the future. He said that the past did not have to be a burden and that we could learn that from their example. Mr. Felten referred to the important role of politicians in this process and emphasized the responsibility of politicians to enable the right things to be said and done by the general population, especially young people.
After a dynamic discussion, the participants of the School presented the concepts of their research stories that will be presented to the general public. Research stories covered three topics: Kaluđerski laz, Deportation and Attack on Dubrovnik. At the end of the event, the ambassadors handed out certificates to the participants for successfully attending the School of Transitional Justice.
The “School of Transitional Justice” project was implemented with the support of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro.