Justice and Security

  • Jan 27, 2014Capacity Needs Assessment for Enhancing Provision of Victim/Witness support During the Pre-investigative Stage of Criminal Proceedings in BiHWith 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 HerzegovinaJun 26, 2012Looking Back, Looking Forward: Promoting Dialogue through Truth-Seeking in Bosnia and HerzegovinaWith 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.

  • Feb 24, 2012Small Arms Survey 2010/2011The aim of the Small Arms Survey is to offer empirically-based facts on the overall presence and impact of SALW in BiH and the cor¬responding potential for their presence to a destabilising affect on the peaceful and secure environment in the country. At the same time, the results can be used as an indicator for future activities and actions on SALW control and as a comprehensive source of data on issues related to SALW.

  • Apr 20, 2011Facing the Past and Access to JusticeAt 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, 2013Brochure on Free Legal AidPrinciples 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.


The activities of the Justice and Security Sector are designed to ensure the efficient performance of judicial institutions, access to and delivery of justice, and improved human security in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Sector aims to improve the capacities of BiH cantonal/district judicial/prosecutorial institutions and building safer communities, which includes judicial, law enforcement, and human rights services; supporting BiH citizens, primarily victims, witnesses and vulnerable groups; and reducing the risks and threats posed by natural disasters and negative consequences of war, such as weapons, ordnance and mines.