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.

  • May 31, 2010A Situation and Needs Assessment of the Cantonal/District Prosecutor´s Offices and Courts in the Field of Witness/Victim Support and Protection in War Crimes in BiHWithin its ´Support to Processing of War Crimes Cases in BiH´ Project, the United Nations Development Programme BiH (UNDP BiH), financed by the Government of Spain, in partnership with the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH (HJPC BiH) produced a Report:

  • Jan 16, 2013Bulletin No.1-Reinforcement of Local Democracy IIIWe present the first issue of LOD III bulletin. The bulletin has been prepared with aim to relay information on results and achievements of projects implemented by Civil Society Organizations(CSO) that are active throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina within LOD III project. Reinforcement of Local Democracy III (LOD III) is a project funded by the European Union (EU) through the funds of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) in the amount of 2,000,000 EUR and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH).

  • Aug 7, 2012Judical Institutions Capacities to Address the Needs of Specific GroupsThe Study discusses the capacities of the judicial institutions (courts) to address the needs and demands of specific groups: Persons with Disabilities, Roma, and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • What Does It Take to Absorb the Convention on Cluster Munitions? The Case of Bosnia and HerzegovinaOct 4, 2012What Does It Take to Absorb the Convention on Cluster Munitions? The Case of Bosnia and HerzegovinaThis study assesses the capacity of Bosnia and Herzegovina to absorb its commitments stemming from the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). It addresses the different implementation modalities used by Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to comply with its international obligations by looking at how the state has been implementing the treaty obligations and addressing challenges therewith.

  • Mar 14, 2013Non-contentious proceedingsJudicial 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, information about legal procedures, 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.


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.