The UN is ‘deeply concerned’ by incidents that have seen people ‘respect the perpetrators of atrocities and those found by militants’.
The United Nations has expressed concern over recent hate speech and incitement to violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, fearing that threats could increase ahead of elections this year.
Serbs to Bosnia to celebrate their national day on Sunday, marking the establishment of the Republic Srpska (RS) – the Bosnian Serb organization that was announced thirty years ago.
It was one of the things that seemed to set the country on the path to war in Bosnia in the 1990s, which killed nearly 100,000 people and forced two million others to leave their homes.
Mu a words On Friday, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the UN was “deeply concerned” by incidents that saw people “respecting terrorists and militants, attacking other areas with hate speech, and, in some cases, directly promoting violence”.
Liz Throssell said people sang the name of a war criminal Ratko Mladic During the demonstration, they chanted slogans calling for an end to the occupation of Yugoslavia and, in one case, a riot broke out outside a mosque.
Local journalists and victimized organizations reported that in Foca on Saturday hundreds of people took part in a series of fireworks organized by Red Star Belgrade players when a large picture of Mladic was unveiled at home.
Serbia and Bosnia will hold elections in April and October, respectively, and Throssell warned that “continuing to give patriotic speeches” is in danger of developing “more difficult” politics in 2022.
“These incidents – some of which have witnessed massive war violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as Prijedor and Foca – are an insult to the survivors, including those who returned home after the conflict,” he said.
“Failure to prevent and condone such practices, which lead to high levels of anxiety, fear and insecurity in some areas, is a major obstacle to building trust and reconciliation.”
Throssell’s comments came as Bosnia experienced the worst political problems since the 1990s, after the Bosnia Serbs banned the work of the central government and Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik threatened to leave government agencies, including the military, judges and the tax system.
The 1995 US Day-Brokered peace treaty ended the three-and-a-half-year war in Bosnia. The alliance also established Bosnia and Herzegovina as a federation made up of two organizations: the Bosniak-Croat federation and the Serb-run Republika Srpska.
Dodik is a Serb member of the Tripartite President in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has been threatening the Republican Srpska secession for 15 years.
His recent comments encouraged new ones punishments earlier this month from the United States, which denounced Dodik fraudulently and threatened to settle down with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dodik denied the allegations, saying the sanctions were “reinforced by a number of US officials who did not share the Bosnia-Herzegovina vision I had and signed in 1995”.