Igor Blaževič

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Igor Blaževič (born 1963 in Trebinje, Bosnia) is foremost European human rights campaigner of Bosnian origin living in the Czech Republic as the founder and longtime director of One World,[1] the Europe's biggest[2] human rights documentary International Film Festival and the director of the People in Need foundation. He is also the member of the steering committee of World Movement for Democracy.[3] Currently he is active in Asia. Among other activities he is the director of the Educational Initiatives, training program for the Burma activists based in Thailand.


He studied philosophy and comparative literature at the University of Zagreb. Since 1992, he worked in the International Secretariat of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly and since 1994 worked in the organization People in Need.

Since 1999[4] he was the director of the film festival One World and one of the persons nominating the Homo Homini International Award given by People in Need to personalities promoting human rights.

Igor Blaževič is married to Jasmína Blažević, a filmmaker.

Humanitarian Missions - from Chechnya to East Timor[edit]

He participated in many humanitarian missions such as Sarajevo, Chechnya, Cambodia or Burma and East Timor. He also took part in filming a wide range of documentaries, such as Issues from Asia (1998),[5] City of Shadows (1999), The Refugees of Twenty Years War (2000[6]), Small Dreams of the Street,[7] Only 500 Deaths (2002, from East Timor),[8] Burmese Prisoners (2002)[9] (translated names).


For his activities in favour of human rights he received the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award,[10] František Kriegel Price[11] and Prix Irene.[12]


  1. ^ http://www.radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/igor-blazevic-human-rights-campaigner- Igor Blaževič: Human Rights Campaigner
  2. ^ http://www.wmd.org/about/steering-committee/igor-bla%C5%BEevic Igor Blaževič Biography
  3. ^ http://www.wmd.org/about/steering-committee WMD Steering Committee
  4. ^ http://kostlan.blog.idnes.cz/c/29555/Kdo-je-Igor-Blazevic-zakladatel-fesitvalu-Jeden-svet.html Who is Igor Blaževič, the founder of One World Film Festival - a in depth biography of Igor Blaževič in Czech
  5. ^ http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/880551-otazky-z-asie/298324249500002-vira/ Otázky z Asie - a movie (Issues from Asia)
  6. ^ http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/tv-program/hledani/?filtr%5BIDEC%5D=200324247000002 Vyhnanci dvacetileté války - a movie (Refugees of Twenty Year War)
  7. ^ http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/1008718135-clovek-v-tisni/299324247000008-male-sny-ulice/ Malé sny ulice - amovie (Small Dreams of a Street)
  8. ^ http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/tv-program/hledani/?filtr%5BIDEC%5D=200324247000006 Jen 500 mrtvých - a movie (Only 500 deaths - How East Timor Got its Independence)
  9. ^ http://www.csfd.cz/film/264812-barmsti-vezni/ Barmští vězni - a movie (Burmese Prisoners)
  10. ^ http://www.aic.cz/cms/901-newsletter-en.pdf Embassy of United States in Prague Newsletter
  11. ^ http://www.kontobariery.cz/Projekty/Ceny/Cena-Frantiska-Kriegla.aspx František Kriegel Award
  12. ^ http://www.rafaelinstitut.cz/prix_irene.html Prix Irene

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