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. The Justice and Security Sector works to ensure that judicial institutions function independently and efficiently, and that access to and delivery of justice and improved security in BiH is in line with the requirements for European Integration, as outlined in the EU’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and the European Partnership Strategy. In-depth

EU STAR Project improves safety of people and communities in BiH

EU STAR project's mission is to reduce risks and threats concerning peace, stability and development in BiH, by contributing to the improvement of a sustainable stockpile management system in the country.more

Projects and Initiatives

  • EU STAR project

    EU STAR project's mission is to reduce risks and threats concerning peace, stability and development in BiH, by helping destroy 3,000 tonnes of surplus and unsafe ammunition and contributing to the improvement of a sustainable stockpile management system in the country. more 

  • 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 

  • Access to Justice: Supporting the Rule of Law and Transitional Justice (project closed)

    Access to justice for the poor and marginalised is not guaranteed in BiH, due to a fragmented and poorly developed free legal aid system in the country, and the lack of harmonised legislation at the State level. UNDP is working with national partners to establish a country-wide free legal aid system ensuring minimum equal standards for all citizens in accessing free legal aid services. more 

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Demining returns land back to the people in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina's soil, even 20 years after the war, remains a major threat due the large number of unexploded mines. Photo: UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina
Demining returns land back to the people in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The mines remain a major threat to nearly 550,000 people across the country. For those who depend on the land to make a living, it also represents lost economic potential. On a larger scale, mines impede the country’s development in a myriad of ways. more 

Bosnia and Herzegovina chooses life without weapons
Over 100,000 munitions and explosive devices have been surrendered during the campaign in 2013.
Bosnia and Herzegovina chooses life without weapons

Dubica is a small city on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. In 2013, this seemingly peaceful municipality was shaken by several seriousmore 

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