Two small but vocal groups of right-wing Bosnian Serb nationalists exerted pressure that is believed to have caused the authorities in the city of Prijedor to ban this year’s White Armband Day march to commemorate war victims.
A ban on a march commemorating victims of wartime persecution by Bosnian Serb forces in the city of Prijedor, which police say was imposed for security reasons, has been criticised as a violation of civil rights.
After police refused to permit a march to mark White Ribbon Day, the anniversary of the start of ethnic persecution in the Prijedor area in 1992, people gathered in a city square to commemorate the victims.
Bosnian Serb ex-policeman Radomir Stojnic, who was on trial for involvement in the mass killings of Bosniaks in the village of Zecovi near Prijedor in 1992, became the second defendant to die during the long-running case.
The Constitutional Court rejected an appeal from former Army of Republika Srpska soldier Sretko Pavic, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing of five members of a Bosniak family near Prijedor during the war in 1992.
The Bosnian state court has again rejected an indictment accusing wartime Serb official Milenko Stanic of committing crimes against humanity against Bosniak civilians in the Vlasenica area in 1992 and 1993.
Symbols of neo-Nazi organisations and slogans glorifying the Srebrenica genocide have been spraypainted in part of the Bosnian town of Prijedor that is mainly populated by Bosniaks who returned after fleeing during the war.