Friday, June 7

Topics of the day

After discussing the Dutch slavery past, we will go on to talk about other ‘black pages’ in Dutch history that are still shaping our present. Today we will start with the role the Dutch played in their former colony Indonesia. It was only in 2011 that the people from Rawagede, where Dutch soldiers killed 431 Indonesians in 1947, received financial compensation for their loss. Freek Colombijn will tell us more.

We will then turn to he tragedy that took place in Srebrenica during the war in Bosnia in 1995, where more than 8.000 Bosniaks were killed, while Dutchbat (a Dutch battalion) was supposed to protect them under the flag of the UN. Fellows will discus the role of the ICTY, as well as current claims to hold the Dutch government responsible for what happened in Srebrenica, with Frederiek de Vlaming, criminologist.

The discussion will continue with all participants of the Fellowship Program with a Bosnian background, who are willing to share their stories with us in a Q&A session with Senior Fellow Laura Boerhout: What are current issues in Bosnia Herzegovina and how should we deal with the past in the present?

At the end of the day we will receive a Skype presentation by two filmmakers who are working from New York on a huge art project focusing on the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism.

Anne Frank House, Westermarkt 10

Black pages in Dutch History:
Colonialism & Indonesia
Bosnia Herzegovina and the Dutch Responsibility
Bosnia Herzegovina Today

09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the day – Nienke Venema
09.30 – 11.00 ‘Dutch colonial history in Indonesia’
by Freek Colombijn, Associate professor VU University
11.00– 12.45 ‘Individual and state responsibility for international crimes in Bosnia Herzegovina, from the ICTY to the Dutch Supreme Court and back’
by Frederiek de Vlaming, criminologist specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch outside (own expenses)
13.30 – 15.00 ‘Dealing with the legacy of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Past and Present’
Panel of Bosnian fellows, interviewed by Laura Boerhout, HIA SF and researcher in Bosnia
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee & Tea
15.15 – 16.30 ‘The Empire project: an immersive documentary project chronicling the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism.’ Skype session with New York-based artists Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma.
16.30 – 17.30 Wrap up the day

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