Salafi preacher Husein Bilal Bosnic was convicted of recruiting people to go and fight for Islamic State, but while he was in prison, the Islamist militant group was defeated in Syria and other preachers in Bosnia and Herzegovina have changed their tactics.
Husein Bilal Bosnic, a former leader of the Islamic Salafi movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, left prison on September 3, 2021 after having served a seven-year sentence for publicly inciting terrorist acts.
Survivors of the Srebrenica massacres welcomed the decision by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international overseer to impose legislation to ban the denial of genocide and war crimes, but some Bosnian Serbs vowed to defy it.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s top international official, High Representative Valentin Inzko, used his power to impose amendments to the country’s criminal code to ban the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals.
A report by a commission funded by the government of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity claims that thousands of Bosniaks from Srebrenica who were killed in July 1995 were active soldiers, not civilians.
As the anniversary of the July 1995 massacres by Bosnian Serb forces was marked at the Srebrenica Memorial Centre, international officials condemned denial of the genocide and the continued glorification of war criminals.
For seven years now, employees of state institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina been able to report corruption and be granted the status of whistleblowers or protected denouncers of corruption. But so far, only a few of them have received such a status. One of them decided to publicly denounce corruption through an investigation published by BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more than a year, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina has monitored disciplinary action that was subsequently initiated against the whistleblower, although the law should have protected him. He was recently fired and disciplinary action is still being conducted against him. In this episode, you can see what whistleblowers have gone through after reporting corruption, why they are still not protected and how that can be changed.
BIRN has identified at least 20 Twitter accounts that actively dispute the international court classification of the 1995 Srebrenica massacres as genocide. Their denial of the crime frequently goes unchallenged.