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Principal leaders at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Maja and Besart will share the stage to expose their work as leading youth activists for human rights and the promotion of dialogue between community members in the balkans. With offices in all regions of former Yugoslavia, YIHR is an important youth voice in our community.

Maja Mićić is director of Youth Initiative for Human Rights. She joined YIHR more than two years ago, first as an investigator under the Human Rights Program, continuing as Head of Administrative-Financial Department.

She is the organizer of “Days of Sarajevo” Festival in 2009 and 2010 and managed Human Rights Program in that year. Her leadership role at YIHR has taken her to several local and international conferences, including Pro Bono Forum 2009 held in Budapest and in Eight Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009.

Besart has coordinated the regular exchange visits between Prishtina and Belgrade within the Visiting Program of YIHR. He also coordinates the Regional Cooperation Program and administrates the Small Grants Program of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo. The Visiting Program involved more than a thousand young people, students, NGO activists, journalists and other professionals who have visited Kosovo and Serbia, respectively. For three days, participants visited state institutions, civil society organizations, media and other institutions.

The Small Grants Program awards grants for non-governmental organizations which work includes activities related to encouraging, improving and creating opportunities to establish new links and dialogue between young people from different communities in Kosovo and region, projects that demonstrate cooperation of youth from different ethnic communities in resolving local and national problems, and projects that strengthen and facilitate youth participation in decision making processes, public life and human rights campaigns.