SARAJEVO, 12 December 2017 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the successful completion of the War Crimes Capacity Building Project at a ceremony in Sarajevo today. The project was a part of the OSCE Mission’s long-standing support to the development of the judiciary and its capacity to process war crimes cases.
Over the past twenty years since signing the Dayton Peace Agreement, the authorities in BiH at all levels have been working hard to resolve the issues of protracted displacement. However, the remaining challenges call for solutions that require stronger co-ordination between the participants and more specific defining of needs and sources of funding.
Aldin Karavdić was tending a herd of goats close to his family's home when he stepped on a landmine. The 16-year-old suffered severe injuries, especially to his right leg – luckily, doctors were able to save it. In these hills near the city of Mostar, many children used to herd the family cattle. But that was before residents learned that the area was littered with mines and unexploded ordnance from the Bosnian war.
GENEVA (22 November 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has hailed the conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, calling it a “momentous victory for justice.”
During 2017, the Law on Water of Republika Srpska is aligned with the EU Floods Directive, which defines the method of flood risk assessment and management in order to reduce the harmful effects that floods pose to humans, economic activity and the environment. By incorporating this Directive into the legislative framework in the water management sector in Republika Srpska, a legal basis for better flood risk management was created.
Steps that need to be taken in order to make Bosnia and Herzegovina mine free by 2025 were in the focus of the Board of Donors Meeting held on the 13th of November 2017 by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Demining Commission in BiH and the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Center (BHMAC), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
8089TH MEETING (AM)
Urging all parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to step up the pace of reforms and to refrain from polarizing actions and rhetoric, the Security Council today renewed its authorization of the European-led multinational stabilization force (EUFOR ALTHEA) for one further year before commencing a debate on the situation in the country.
Start of the project Integrated socio-economic support to landmine victims in BiH
International non-governmental organisation World Vision, announces the start of the EU funded project „Integrated socio-economic support to landmine victims in BiH”. This two-year project aims to provide economic and social support for 200 landmine victims and their families in BiH.
Sarajevo, 27 October 2017 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina expresses its deep concerns about the nature of statements expressed in the conclusions of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC), at its session on 26 October 2017, in relation to the information submitted by the Centre for War Research, War Crimes and Search for Missing Persons of RS.
On the occasion of marking of the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented a new project "Interlinking Disaster Risk Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina (IDRM)" for which Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, has allocated USD 350,000.
I was last in Sarajevo almost 20 years ago. Back then, the Bosnian war was only recently ended and the scars – both physical and emotional – were still very raw.
Like millions of others, I had watched the horrendous siege of Sarajevo every night on the TV news. My complacent confidence in humanity’s intrinsic decency had been devastated by what I had seen, as well as by the massacre in Srebenica and the widespread use of rape as a weapon of war.
“I HAD FELT POWERLESS THEN, IN THE FACE OF INTOLERABLE HUMAN SUFFERING…”
Families of missing persons have the right to know what happened to their relatives, and authorities have a duty to provide them with answers. This was the main message of the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Yves Daccord, after his two-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina. "The authorities must significantly step up current efforts and fulfil their commitments as stipulated by international and domestic law," he stated at the press conference in Sarajevo concluding his visit.
Ongoing UNHCR project in BiH designed to strengthen municipal capacities for management of data on the needs of the internally displaced and returnees significantly increased quality and effectiveness of assistance.
In April 2017, UNHCR Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina initiated a BAM 2.5 million project to enhance sustainability of the (internally) displaced people (IDPs) and returnees and to support management of data about this population data management in six municipalities - Bihać, Novi Grad, Kotor Varoš, Lukavac, Doboj and Čapljina.
• Two bilateral trainings held for 12 municipalities and 15 Aarhus Centres
• Four local DRR plans developed through public participation
• 600 local representatives, civil society activists, media professionals and students trained
• 7870 copies of public education material distributed
• Tailored online resource content developed and uploaded
The notion of disaster risk reduction (DRR) has come a long way from emergency response to disaster risk management with emergency response now being only one of the components of a broader approach that deals with disaster risk in terms of prevention, preparedness and response.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), within the project "Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative", in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Physical Planning and the City of Zenica, has begun works on the rehabilitation of the Vardište landslide in Zenica. This landslide directly jeopardizes 12 houses in the Kočeva river zone, as well as the local road used by 88 households of the local community Brod.
European Union Assistance to Stockpile Management, Technical Support, and Ammunition Surplus Reduction - EU STAR officially started with the ceremonial signing of a contract between Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sezin Sinanoglu, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the presence of BiH Defense Minister Marina Pendeš and EUFOR Commander Major General Anton Waldner.
On the occasion of the International Gun Destruction Day - 9 July, the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Coordination Board of BiH organised destruction of more than 1,450 pieces of small arms and light weapons and more than 1,070 pieces of arms components at Jelisingrad smelter in Banja Luka.
The event was attended by the representatives of the police agencies, BiH Ministry of Defense, EU in BiH, and UNDP BiH.
OSCE issues report on combating impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, 21 June 2017 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today in Sarajevo presented the third in a series of reports that highlights progress achieved by the country’s justice sector between 2014 and 2016 in tackling cases of sexual violence committed during the 1992-1995 war, as well as recommendations on how to enhance these efforts.