The Coalition for the fight against hate speech and hate crimes strongly condemns the homophobic attack on UDIK activists, and warns that the practice of not processing the attacks on LGBTI persons, activists that we witness since 2008 until this day is a shame for the BiH institutions, and should be stopped. We ask the police and judiciary of Canton Sarajevo to, in an adequate and timely manner, react, investigate and process this hate crime, threats and attacks on LGBTI activists that have already been reported during 2015 and 2016, and, before that, the attack on Merlinka Festival in 2014.
Tag: hate crime
Recent years in Serbia are marked by evident increase of violence in all social spheres, especially the increase of violence motivated by hatred and prejudice towards LGBTI persons. There are two publicly identified hate crimes in 2016, these attacks were aimed at LGBTI activists.
Although in 2012 the Criminal Code of Serbia has regulated hate crime as aggravated circumstance, this legal institution is so far little used. Judicial institutions are poorly or not at all trained in the use of this particular criminal legislation in practice. Recognizing the gap between the adoption of the regulations and their implementation, Labris saw the need for a commitment to proper implementation of these laws.
This year, a group of police officers and representatives of FBiH Police Academy has passed the Train the Trainer program, with the objective to enable their holding of permanent trainings of hate crime modules for their colleagues in Cantonal MoIs.
Many new work challenges are ahead of us in autumn, and among many we are continuing with education for police officers of Cantonal MoI’s and representatives of the Police Academy of the Federation of BiH, on the topic of hate crime issues. After last year’s basic trainings on bias motivated crimes for police officers from … Continued
Six years after Republika Srpska and Brčko District, Federation of BiH also regulated hate crimes through its Criminal Code. The amendments to the Criminal Code of FBiH including hate crime regulation were adopted in the FBiH’s Parliament in April of 2016, but were only published in the FBiH’s Official Gazette No 46/16 on 15th of … Continued
Sarajevo Open Centre and the Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Centre of FBiH will organise a two-day training for judges and prosecutors in FBiH. The training will be held on the 9th and 10th of May, on the topic of Anti-discrimination and criminal law: combating discrimination and violence against LGBTI people.
Bosnia and Herzegovina prohibited discrimination in 2009 by passing the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination which applies to public authorities (public institutions, companies, administration etc.) and to private sector and individuals. Violating regulations contained in this Law is sanctioned by paying fines.
In Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia, NGOs are collecting hate crime data and leveraging the countries’ EU ambitions to push for rights.
On Friday night, March 4, 2016, staff and the visitors of Art Cinema Kriterion in Sarajevo were victims of a homophobic attack. Four young men stormed into Kriterion yelling homophobic slurs, threatening with violence, throwing bottles, ashtrays, and glasses. They also threatened to throw a bomb in case the members of Kriterion’s staff of call … Continued