Human Rights Award 1997
Pater Petar Andjelovic OFM
Provincial of the Franciscans in Bosna Srebrena, Sarajevo
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina represents the ethnic and religious diversity of the former republic of Yugoslavia. When Bosnia and Herzegovina seceded from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and declared its independence on October 15th, 1991, Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats pursued different political objectives. The differing opinions about the future of the Republic eventually led to the Bosnian War, which ruined the country economically, caused the death of almost 100,000 people and destroyed more than half of the infrastructure. On December 14th, 1995 the conflicting parties signed the Dayton Contract, which led to the foundation of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
However, this couldn't solve the conflict between the ethnic groups. In this post-conflict stage, it is important to find ways to solve the conflict between the ethnic and religious groups in a peaceful way.
Some impressions of the award
Pater Petar Andjelovic has been awarded for his long-term commitment to understanding among nations and religions in his region and for supporting interreligious dialogues and human dignity. In his eyes, his commitment to social justice is the basis for reconciliation and a peaceful understanding. This price is intended to encourage and support the commitment for peace, reconciliation and understanding based on human rights and on the obligation to humanity, as it was embodied by the Awardee and his fraternities. Aim of this conferment is not a taking of sides but the overcoming and bridging of contrasts.
Petar Andjelovic was born on December 9th, 1937 in Brcko. After studying Philosophy and Theology in Sarajevo (1960-64) and Fulda (1964-66), he studied Journalism in Münster (1972-75). From 1966 until 1972 he was a chaplain in Essen. In 1991 he became Provincial of the Franciscans in Bosna Srebrena. The focus of this work was to arbitrate between the parties and to provide practical help for the indigent and expelled population.
Publications Speeches on the Human Rights Award 1997 (German) Links to Publications Bosnien und Herzegowina (German) Studien zur länderbezogenen Konfliktanalyse By Markus Bickel on behalf of the FES, December 2005 (German) The Balkans: On War, Peace and Europe. By Britta Joerissen, Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, January 2007 Links Website of the FES Office Eastern Europe (German) Website of the FES Office Bosnia and Herzegovina (German)