A Guide to Prosecuting Hate Crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Despite the omnipresence of various hate and prejudice-based manifestations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, comprehensive and precise legislation in this area still has not been adopted.

Themes: Judiciary and Access to JusticeHuman Rights
Almir MaljevićSrđan Vujović


Furthermore, what is of particular importance is that the appropriate protocols in practice, in various stages of prosecution of hate crimes have not been formulated either, which would specify elements for the recognition of these criminal offenses, as well as necessary steps within the investigations, clarify the role of the police and the prosecutor, and point out the key particularities of representing the prosecution before the competent court in such cases. This guide strives to at least in part fill this gap.
The Guide to prosecuting hate crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina offers practical advice for professionals dealing with these types of criminal acts, points out their particularities and the need for special attention of police officers and prosecutors while conducting investigations and processing these criminal offenses. As a result, the Guide clearly defines a criminal act committed out of hatred, and points out key steps and activities necessary in its prosecution.

This publication is prepared as part of the project “Prosecuting hate: Towards adoption and implementation of EU standards and best practices in combating hate crimes in BiH”, implemented by the Association of Prosecutors of Federation BiH and Analitika, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The publication in local languages is available HERE.