Senija Karamehić

Senija Karamehić was born in 1949 in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She earned her degree in Education from the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. She spent her working years as an educator. She has been retired since 2012. She lives in Vareš.

The Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage is being given to Senija Karamehić of Vareš, because, fully cognizant of the risk she was undertaking, she demonstrated civil courage with the following:

• During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina she saved the lives members of another ethnic group who were being targeted with ethnic persecution. She hid them and cared for them in her home;

• She remained true to herself. In 2002 she declared before television cameras: "I would do the same today if, God forbid, someone were being unjustly persecuted now;

• In 2000 she resigned from her position as principal of the Vareš elementary school and left the school after she was systematically subjected to pressures from the local authorities, and from the OHR in Bosnia and Herzegovina to approve the division of children into groups based on the ethnicity of their parents. She tendered her resignation when she saw that the division would go ahead even without her approval;

• She was the only principal of an elementary or secondary school in Bosnia and Herzegovina who stood up openly and assertively against the segregation of the school system in Bosnia and Herzegovina by resigning from her function in defiance of this backward trend, and left the school because she did not wish to contribute to the pro-fascist direction in education which was introduced by more than sixty schools in 2000, many of which now insist on pure ethnic segregation of the pupils;

• Expressing her civil courage both during the war and after the war she preserved her personal and professional integrity.

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