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25 May 2015

New HJPC Guidelines Provide Better Practices for Publicizing Information

Courts and prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina have accepted new guidelines from the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) regarding publicizing information related to verdicts and indictments for grave crimes.
13 January 2015

Brcko District Prosecution Abolishes Anonymyzation

The Brcko District Prosecution abolishes anonymisation of war crimes indictments after they have been confirmed.

4 June 2014

Bosnian State Court Abolishes Anonymyzation of Verdicts

After more than two years the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH, has revised its Rulebook on accessing information held by that institution, abolishing the anonymisation of verdicts and other decisions.

30 December 2013

Struggle for Public Justice and Truth

With several thousand signatures, as well as with other ways of supporting the campaign “Stop Censorship on War Crimes”, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) succeeded in encouraging the authorities to admit that anonymisation cannot be applied to serious crimes, including war crimes.
29 June 2013

In Two Hours 400 Signatures

Nearly 400 signatures were collected in Sarajevo over the course of two hours on the first day of signing of a petition within a campaign on “Stop Censoring War-Crimes”.
26 June 2013

Bosnian Court Accused of War Crimes Censorship

War crimes prosecutions in Bosnia are being hidden from the public by state court decisions denying media full access to information about trials and defendants, a new campaign says.
25 June 2013

Explanation of the State Court’s Regulations

In its public announcement the State Court expresses its regrets due to “the wrongful interpretation” of the revised Regulations on implementation of access to information under the control of the Court and co-operation with community.

25 June 2013

Culture of Secrecy Keeps Public in Dark

Courts and Prosecutor’s Offices in Bosnia have completely different stances on the availability of indictments and verdicts to the public.

25 June 2013

War Crimes Trials are no Divorce Cases

War crimes trials are not private disputes that should be protected from the public, but processes that should be used for determining what happened and why, as well as who is responsible – says Mirko Klarin, Director of the SENSE Agency, which follows trials held before The Hague Tribunal.

30 May 2013

Anonymisation Has Caused Chaos

Participants in a debate on changes and amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Bosnia and Herzegovina agree that most of the existing provisions should not be changed.

27 May 2013

Bosnian State Court Shocks Journalists

Journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina have expressed outrage at the new Regulations on access to information within the Bosnian State Court, through which the media can only get ten minutes of footage of audio or video material from trials.

23 May 2013

Information Law Changes Alarm Bosnian Journalists

Media groups say legal amendments aimed at protecting privacy will hinder investigations and pave the way to a new form of censorship.

4 April 2013

Kreso Denies Petar Kovacevic’s Allegations

Meddzida Kreso, President of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, says that, from the very beginning the Court has advocated for treating war-crimes and organised crimes cases as public interest cases, but the Agency for Protection of Personal Data of Bosnia and Herzegovina insisted on an opposite stand.

21 March 2013

Kovacevic: War crimes are a public matter

Petar Kovacevic, the Director of the Agency for the Protection of Personal Data of Bosnia and Herzegovina, considers that the anonymisation of war crimes cases is not in accordance with the opinion which the Agency submitted to the state judicial institutions in early 2012.

25 December 2012

Anonymization ‘Threat’ to Bosnian Justice Criticised

The current ‘anonymization’ of court verdicts, especially on war crimes, harms the judicial system and wider society, lawyers, experts, and victims say.