Research and Documentation Center

The Research and Documentation Center (RDC) in Sarajevo, lead by Mirsad Tokaca, works with registering victims of the armed conflict in BiH 1992 - 95. Up until now, more than 98.000 people have been identified and registered as killed or missed as a direct result of the war.

The RDC's aim is to collect as much neutral, objective facts as possible about the human losses during the war. This will make up the fundament on which a new understanding of history is being built, free from falsifications and myths, and it will lay the basis of peace and reconciliation between the different peoples in BiH. Norway has been the main financial contributor to the center since it was established in 2004.

In their laborious work, employees at the RDC have gone through 31.445 photos, registered 363 mass graves, listened through 8000 statements, read 6000 newspaper articles, and gathered 3500 hours of video material. This material constitutes the evidence which they build their facts on. Further, they have mapped each individual's death cause, ethnicity, sex, if they were soldiers or civilians, place of living, place they were killed etc. The profile of each individual victim is published in an electronic database, and information and statistics about the victims of the war can easily be found.

The RDC is a political independent, non-profit NGO. For RDC, the dignity of the victims is central, independent of ethnicity or social class. Human rights are central for the center, and they cooperate closely with several NGOs both regionally and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The center continues its work with identifying and registering the war victims. The latest year, Tokaca and his team have also been doing outreach activities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina together with the Nansen Dialogue Network, as well as in other Western-Balkan countries. Through presentations of RDC’s work in different towns in BiH, people are informed about their work, and RDC can collect new valuable information for their database. These dialogues are also a forum for openness about what happened, and a means to prevent new conflicts in the future. Other effects are the strengthening of the civil society and create and strenghten networks between different NGOs.

RDC hopes to make the database available to more people, in BiH and abroad. Today their material is available for the ICTY in Hague, Bosnian prosecutors and courts, governmental and non-governmental organisations, research institutions, and the media.

A presentation of the ‘final results’ of RDC’s work will take place in Sarajevo in June 2007.

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