News 08 Feb 13

Prison Camp Detainees to Sue Bosnian Serbs

Former prisoners allege that Bosnia’s Serb-run entity Republika Srpska is unfairly rejecting thousands of claims for compensation over wartime injuries.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

Representatives of former camp detainees in the Bosnian town of Tuzla say they will sue Republika Srpska at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for throwing out thousands of lawsuits for compensation.

The former detainees want to be compensated for physical and mental disabilities caused by beatings, abuse and other traumas suffered while they were imprisoned during the 1992-95 war.

But the Association of Detainees in Tuzla claims that the percentage of ex-prisoners who win lawsuits and get compensation is much higher in the Bosniak-Croat-led Bosnian Federation entity than in Republika Srpska.

“Courts in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska do not treat detainees in the same manner,” said the detainees’ association’s president, Jasmin Meskovic.

The association’s lawyer said that courts in Republika Srpska were rejecting law suits on the grounds that the statute of limitations on legal claims has expired.

“They do not accept the fact that the absolute statute of limitations for this type of damage expires in 20 years,” said the lawyer, Amir Mesic.

Meskovic said courts in the Republika Srpska towns of Bijeljina and Banja Luka were also discriminating against the ex-prisoners by charging them inflated fees for expert medical examinations that plaintiffs need to prove their cases.

Meskovic said that such examinations cost between 40 and 125 euro at courts in the Bosniak-Croat Federation entity but 250 euro in Republika Srpska.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest Headlines

Feature 21 Apr 16

Standing Up to Armed Evictions in Wartime Croatia

Feature 20 Apr 16

Untold Stories of Croatia’s Wartime Forced Evictions

News 08 Apr 16

Kosovo Victims’ Families Appeal to Serbian Court

News 08 Mar 16

UN Raps Bosnia for Violating War Widow’s Rights

Comment 22 Jan 16

Don’t Give Serbia a War Crimes Pass

Feature 07 Dec 15

Serbian General’s Kosovo Visit Angers Massacre Village

News 09 Oct 15

Bosnia Camp Survivors Seek End to Court Fees

Analysis 14 Aug 15

Bosnia Struggles with War Rape Compensation

Feature 07 Aug 15

Children’s Killers in Refugee Bombing Go Unpunished