Bosnia Project


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With support from the U.S. Department of State's Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, the GJC has recently launched the "Strengthening Victims' Access to Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina" project.
This project supports efforts to achieve justice for victims of conflict-based sexual and gender violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina by creating and maintaining GJC research tools to assist Bosnian justice system actors to successfully prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes that occurred during the region's conflict.
As part of this new initiative, the Gender Jurisprudence Collections is:
• expanding its database to include documents from the European Court of Human Rights relevant to sexual and gender based crimes and related issues;
• adding cases from the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina's War Crimes Section, as well as cantonal and district courts in Bosnia;
• partnering with in-country personnel to collect verdicts from these Bosnian Courts, analyze these verdicts, and code them in our database;
• creating Bosnian language capability on our website for searching the database and reading case documents and other resources;
• summarizing key cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Bosnian courts in case digests available in both Bosnian and English;
• training justice system actors in the use of all of these research tools; and
• providing specialized legal research assistance to justice system actors in Bosnia on the application of international law to cases involving sexual and gender-based crimes.

OSCE Releases Second Report on Combating Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina Print E-mail

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has released its second report in a two-part series on "Combating Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina." This report analyzes the treatment of the crimes of rape, other acts of sexual violence, and rape and sexual violence as the crime of torture, by the courts of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Brčko District, Bosnia and Herzegovina, between 2004 and 2014. The report finds that while judicial authorities examined overall displayed a genuine commitment to delivering justice to victims of wartime sexual violence, many challenges remain in both the investigation and prosecution of these crimes. This report follows its analyses with a series of recommendations, mainly directed at judicial authorities in BOsia and Herzegovina, to address core problems and increase their capacity to effectively and fairly process conflict-related sexual violence cases in line with established international jurisprudence. The report is available in both English and Bosnian.

OSCE Releases Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Print E-mail

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has released a detailed report, "Combating Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Progress and Challenges." This report is an analysis of criminal proceedings before the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2005 and 2013, highlighting the successes and challenges the Court has had prosecuting sexual violence that occurred in the context of the conflict in Bosnia. It is available in both English and Bosnian.

Verdicts from Bosnian Courts Print E-mail

As part of our effort to disseminate verdicts involving charges of sexual and gender-based violence (SGV) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our project offers verdicts from the War Crimes Section of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as entity courts trying conflict-related SGV cases in both English and Bosnian. Click the links below for PDF documents of verdicts in both languages.

D.K. (Case No. 13 0 K 002269 13 Kž) before Supreme Court of Republika Srpska





TRIAL Report to CEDAW on Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence Print E-mail

TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) is a Swiss NGO with a mission to put the law at the service of the victims of international crimes inlcuding genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and forced disappearances. TRIAL has written a number of reports regarding the pursuit of justice for victims of sexual and gender-based crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina including an extensive alternative report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) available here.