The Alija Izetbegović Foundation Delegation Visited the Bosniak Community in the Republic of North Macedonia

On the occasion of the current census of 2021 in the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the delegation of the Alija Izetbegović Foundation visited the Bosniaks in the Republic of North Macedonia from 9 to 12 September 2021.

The members of the Foundation’s Board Sabina Berberović and Faris Nanić, as well as the Secretary General of the Foundation Muhamed Mulahmetović were in the delegation.

On Friday, September 10, the delegation of the Alija Izetbegović Foundation met with the Secretary of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mr. Muhamed Zekiri and a Member of the Macedonian Parliament, Mr. Zecir Ramcilovic.

The topics of the meetings were the position of Bosniaks in North Macedonia, their constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as the right to education in the Bosnian language.

The next day, the delegation visited the Diturija Elementary School, which teaches in Bosnian, visited the tomb of the last Bosnian princess and held constructive meetings with representatives of the Bosniak NGOs.

On the same day, a panel discussion was organized as part of the CENSUS 2021: It is important to be a Bosniak activities, in which members of the Foundation’s delegation and Sead Šemsović, Professor at the Department of Literature of the Peoples of B&H, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo, took part.

The visit by the delegation of Alija Izetbegović Foundation proceeded in a very cordial and productive atmosphere. Useful pieces of information were exchanged and it was established that the Bosniaks in the North Macedonia are well organized and work diligently to preserve their identity, that they are recognized in the Republic’s Constitution and that their rights are guaranteed. At the end of the visit, numerous points and commitments were made which should be implemented in the future and which aim to improve the exercise of the guaranteed rights and establishment of a better connection to Bosnia and Herzegovina.