“ALIJA IZETBEGOVIĆ” Foundation Established in Sarajevo – Press Release

April 21, 2020

“ALIJA IZETBEGOVIĆ” Foundation has commenced its work in Sarajevo. The Foundation is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that will work, independently and in cooperation with other organizations, to implement social initiatives and cultural programs in accordance with the views and intellectual legacy of Alija Izetbegović, the first President of the Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Foundation was established with the aim of contributing to the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the well-being of its peoples and citizens on the principles of freedom, equality, plurality and respect for diversity; connecting and promoting the intellectual potential of B&H society; developing awareness of the importance of peace, nonviolence and social solidarity.

The Foundation will foster personal development, social entrepreneurship and a scientific approach to problems in society, and advancement of connections and relationships with the B&H diaspora. In particular, it will seek to contribute to the Bosniak self-cognition and understanding of Bosniaks as an indigenous European Muslim people, building on the objective evaluation and promotion of the intellectual legacy of Alija Izetbegović as a European Muslim thinker and the first President of the Presidency of the Independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Due to the circumstances caused by the pandemic of the corona virus, the implementation of the Foundation’s activities planned for this year, which include a workshop and summer school, forums and round tables, and an international conference, is uncertain for the time being. Therefore, the Foundation has adapted its first activities to the crisis caused by the pandemic and mitigating its effects.

The founders of the Foundation are close associates, family members and supporters of Alija Izetbegovic’s work.

The members of the “ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC” Foundation Board are: Hilmo Neimarlija (President), Sabina Berberovic, Muzaffer Cilek, Fikret Karcic, Zijad Ljevakovic, Fikret Muslimovic and Faris Nanic.

More information about the Foundation can be found at https://www.alijaizetbegovic.org.

Media Contact: Foundation Secretariat – Mr Muhamed Mulahmetović, +38733 203 581, E-mail: m.mulahmetovic@alijaizetbegovic.org