Justice and Security

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.

Crises prevention and recovery is mainstreamed through the activities of the Justice and Security Sector and is mainly focused on reducing the threats posed by natural disasters, landmines, small arms and light weapons and issues of migration.Social inclusion and governance concepts are also mainstreamed through the activities of the Justice and Security Sector. The predominant focus is on encompassing participatory policy development and implementation to ensure inclusive and quality basic social protection and employment services, particularly attention is paid to ensuring the access and participation of socially excluded and vulnerable groups. In-depth

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Project Explosive Ordance and Remnants of War Destruction (Project EXPLODE)

Project EXPLODE is a follow up to the Small Arms Control and Reduction project carried out by UNDP between 2005-2012. As uncontrolled explosions can cause the displacement of people living near ammunition depots and can have devastating safety and development implications for the local population and indeed, may result in a humanitarian crisis, it is crucially important to prevent the uncontrolled explosion of old and unstable ammunition. This current project is therefore designed to support the efforts of the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina by providing training to MoD personnel in the latest and safest ammunition destruction methods.more

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Projects and Initiatives

Project EXPLODE

Explosive Ordnance and Remnants of War Destruction (Project EXPLODE)

Project EXPLODE is a follow up to the Small Arms Control and Reduction project carried out by UNDP between 2005-2012. As uncontrolled explosions can cause the displacement of people living near ammunition depots and can have devastating safety and development implications for the local population and, indeed, may result in a humanitarian crisis, it is crucially important to prevent the uncontrolled explosion of old and unstable ammunition. The current project is therefore designed to support the efforts of the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina by providing training to MoD personnel in the latest and safest ammunition destruction methods. more

Access to Justice: Supporting the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

Access to Justice: Supporting the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

Access to justice for the poor and marginalised is not guaranteed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, due to a fragmented and poorly developed free legal aid (FLA) system in the country, and the lack of harmonised legislation at the State level. Therefore, free legal aid is only available in a limited number of jurisdictions and, where legislation is in place, governmental free legal aid services are underequipped, understaffed, and lack quality monitoring tools and professional training. In addition, the general public are not aware of their rights on free legal aid services. more

Introduction of Victim/Witness Support Services Project

Introduction of Victim/Witness Support Services Project

In the period 1992-1995, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was the site of a large-scale armed conflict characterised by systematic and widespread violations of international humanitarian law resulting in the loss of an estimated 100,000 lives. Facing the events from the recent past, especially by combating impunity for war crimes, is recognised as one of the basic preconditions for reconciliation and progress, both internally and externally, for the development of BiH into a democratic and stable country. more

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