Analysis 20 Nov 17

Religious and Ethnic Hate Crimes Still Rattle Bosnia

Twenty-one years after its bloody war ended, hate crimes linked to religious or ethnic tension are still unsettling the country.

Mladen Lakic
Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: dm1795/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A series of ethnic or religious-related incidents were recorded in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last month.

Although relatively minor, they have fuelled fears and helped to prevent reconciliation in the war-ravaged country, Halisa Skopljak, from the OSCE Mission to Bosnia said.

OSCE data showed a slight increase in such incidents in 2017 compared to the previous year, she added.

The perpetrators of, and thus the motives behind, some of these incidents remain unknown, which is crucial for determining whether these crimes were motivated by ethnic or religious hate, or were cases of ordinary vandalism.

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