19/08/2015

VDS Workshops in Backa Palanka, Prijepolje and Belgrade

During 2015, in continuation of the action research in three multi-ethnic and multicultural regions in Serbia, with testing of applicability of suitable restorative justice approaches, the Victimology Society of Serbia has been working on developing the Manual on the best practices of application of restorative approaches in intercultural settings. Developing the Manual has been a participatory process, which began during the first part of the action research conducted in the form of a participatory seminar From the conflict toward the peaceful life in the community through generating seminar participants’ proposals/recommendations for further activities on raising awareness and application of restorative approaches in multi-ethnic communities encompassed by the action research. It was followed by the follow-up meeting of VDS research team members and representatives from three multi-ethnic communities who participated at the seminar (Belgrade, 21 March 2015), which, inter alia, aimed at generating first ideas about the content and the objectives of the Manual, and proceeded with the establishment of the local restorative teams in Backa Palanka and Bac, and Prijepolje, drafting the Manual and collecting the data on the examples of good practice of application of restorative approaches in intercultural settings, and presenting and discussing the drafted Manual at the workshops in Backa Palanka (19 May 2015), Prijepolje (23 May 2015), and Belgrade (8 July 2015).

During the workshops in Backa Palanka, Prijepolje, and Belgrade, the VDS film titled Between conflict and peaceful co-existence was presented to the participants. In Backa Palanka and Prijepolje, the film was presented to five to seven persons who participated at the seminar From the conflict toward the peaceful life in the community, and who gathered around the local restorative teams, including main characters followed in the film. In Belgrade, the film was presented to several members of the local restorative teams from Prijepolje and Backa Palanka and Bac, as well as to several members of the Association Joint Action for Truth and Reconciliation, established and coordinated by the Victimology Society of Serbia.