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  • Jan 27, 2014

    With the enactment of the Law on Protection of Witnesses under Threat and Vulnerable Witnesses a framework was established to provide certain protections to victims/witnesses in criminal cases. This act in addition to various protective measures provides for support to be given to witnesses, when required. Additionally, in 2004 the Law on Witness Protection Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was enacted.

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: Promoting Dialogue through Truth-Seeking in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Jun 26, 2012

    With this publication, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as the lead agency dealing with Transitional Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, launches a new series of documents and outreach activities related to transitional justice, its processes, mechanisms and the effective tools available to government authorities and civil society to assist in their efforts to address the country’s violent past.

  • Apr 20, 2011

    At the outset of the development of the Strategy, UNDP made a report on the survey in order to contribute to this important process. The indicators used in this survey will be monitored and measured also at the end of the process, not only to show the progress made but also to define following activities to be taken in the same area. The survey shows interesting results, especially those regarding the strategy development. The initiative to develop the overall plan which would include the issues related to facing the past, i.e. the strategy for transitional justice, in which the authorities and civil society would be equally included, was supported by the vast majority of those polled. This result is closely related to the reality in which we live – which was also confirmed by the survey results – which is that most people in BiH continue to believe that the events from the war are extremely important and are willing to deepen the discussion about that issue. Also, the survey confirms the general opinion that victims of the war are neglected by the society and that there is little understanding for them. Finally, the survey shows that there is a general lack of confidence in the BiH judiciary and also that the majority of respondents, regardless of the entity they come from, support the establishment of the BiH Supreme Court.

  • Mar 6, 2013

    Principles of equality and non-discrimination, which presume equality before the law, are the basis of international human rights law. To ensure the respect for these principles, countries around the world are required to provide efficient legal aid to the most vulnerable, socially-marginalized categories of the population, to serve the interests of justice. Low-income citizens, who do not have the means to pay for legal services, are a vulnerable group, which cannot effectively protect its rights and interests from the State. Their right to have access to courts and other judicial organs is severely restricted by their means.

  • Mar 11, 2013

    Judicial and prosecutorial system promotes and protects democratic values, peace, security and human rights. Unfortunately, a substantial number of users of judicial and prosecutorial services do not have sufficient information on what going to court entails, or who to contact in relation to a specific case. We understand that this lack of information can cause anxiety over visiting these institutions or in facing the situations which you do not think can be resolved without recourse to courts/prosecutorial services.