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.

  • 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.

  • Strategy for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013-2016Apr 1, 2014Strategy for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013-2016The Strategy is a comprehensive document that aims to enhance efficiency of all stakeholders in the area of SALW control in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The document particularly focuses on bringing the legislations in line with international standards, improving control over internal and external trade in weapons, decreasing the rate of incidents involving illegal weapons and as well as the numbers of illegal weapons owned by the population, boosting of citizens’ confidence in BiH bodies at all levels, and reducing surplus SALW in the possession of BiH Ministry of Defence. By implementing the set strategic objectives, as well as by building on the international and regional cooperation in this field, Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes not only to advancing of general security locally, but also regionally and globally.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.