Our Tribunal is a publication which showcases the views and perceptions that young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) hold on issues of war, post-conflict justice and reconciliation. It contains a selection of the best drawings and essays that were created by elementary school pupils and written by high school students on the topics of war crimes trials, peace and justice.
The children’s drawings were created during a workshop held at the 10th annual Sarajevo Kids Festival in June 2013. Children aged 7 to 14 were asked to express their thoughts on justice and the need for war crime trials in their drawings. Later that year, as part of the Youth Outreach Project, the Tribunal invited high school students to participate in a national essay writing competition by submitting an essay on the topic ‘Should we hold trials for war crimes committed during an armed conflict?’. Our Tribunal presents some of their thoughts on this theme and offers a unique window into the way children and teenagers from BiH, born during or after the conflict, understand and interpret wartime events and the post-conflict processes of transitional justice.