BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA
27 relatives of disappeared persons obtain justice at last
TRIAL has just won 13 cases before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) concerning the arbitrary deprivation of liberty, torture and enforced disappear-ance of 13 men in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 1992.
The Committee has indeed declared BiH responsible for the violation of several provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and condemned BiH for:
- the lack of effective inves-tigation, prosecution and sanc-tion of those responsible for these crimes
- not having established the fate and whereabouts of the dis-appeared.
The HRC also found violations against the relatives of the vic-tims, 10 of which were minors when the events took place and were thus exposed to additional suffering.
BiH has 180 days left to take action and inform the Committee of the measures taken to imple-ment the decisions, in particular to:
- unveil the truth on the fate of the 13 victims
- prosecute and sanction those responsible for the crimes con-cerned without unnecessary delay
- provide adequate compen-sation to the 27 applicants.
TRIAL welcomes this decision but urges BiH to establish proper tools for providing adequate compensation to the families.
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