Zagreb, 28 July 2021 (Hina/MIA) — The amended criminal code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, under which anyone who denies war crimes committed during the country’s 1992-1995 war or glorifies their perpetrators faces a prison sentence of up to five years, entered into force on Wednesday.
The decision, imposed by the outgoing international High Representative Valentin Inzko on July 23, was published in the official gazette on Tuesday and automatically took effect the following day.
Anyone who publicly condones, denies, grossly trivializes or seeks to justify a crime of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes established by final court rulings will face a prison term of between six months and five years, the amended law says.
Anyone who awards any honors, rewards or privileges to persons found guilty of war crimes, or who names a street, square, park, bridge, institution, town or residential area after a person convicted of war crimes, or who glorifies such a person, will face a prison sentence of at least three years.
Senior officials of the country’s Serb entity, Republika Srpska, have announced they will not comply with these provisions. On Friday, the entity’s parliament is due to discuss a special bill that would explicitly ban the enforcement of the High Representative’s decision.
The Republika Srpska parliament also plans to adopt a bill under which damaging the reputation of Republika Srpska and its people would be punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment. This would also apply to anyone portraying this entity as a genocidal creation.