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UN “deep concern” with hate speech in Bosnia, Serbia

The glory of war crimes, convicted war criminals who cause anxiety, and community tensions, said the United Nations Rights Agency.

The hate speech incident occurred during the celebration of Bosnia and Serbia’s National Foundation Day. (Reuters)

The United Nations has expressed deep concern about hate speech and incitement to violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, fearing that inflammatory behavior will escalate prior to this year’s elections.

Concerns were expressed on Friday regarding the celebration of the Bosnian Serbian National Foundation Day on January 9th to commemorate the founding of the Republika Srpska (RS), a Serbian organization in Bosnia.

In the case, people “praised war criminals convicted of atrocities, targeted specific communities with hate speech, and in some cases directly instigated violence.”

The creation of RS was one of the events that led the country to the Bosnian War in the 1990s and was believed to have killed more than 100,000 people.

According to Mr. Srossel, people chanted the name of the convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic, sang a nationalist song calling for a takeover of the former Yugoslavia location, and fired in the air outside the mosque.

Former Bosnian Serbian general, also known as “Bosnian Butcher” Judgment War crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially Srebrenica massacre And the siege of Sarajevo.

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Pre-election tension

Serbia and Bosnia hold elections in April and October, respectively, and Slossel warns that “continuous inflammatory and nationalist rhetoric” risks deteriorating the “very tense” political environment in 2022. did.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the failure to prevent and sanction such acts that “fuel the climate of extreme anxiety, fear and anxiety” is a major obstacle to reconciliation and building trust. rice field.

Bosnia was effectively divided into two by the peace agreement of the 1990s, half given to the country’s Bosnian Serbs and the other governed by a coalition of Muslims and Croatia.

Last month, RS leader Milorad Dodik, a Serbian member of Bosnia’s tripartite president, planned to withdraw from Bosnia’s central authority.

This move has brought new economic benefits Sanctions From the United States, Washington has accused Dodik of trying to undermine the peace agreement.

read more: Separatism of Bosnian Serbian leaders threatens fragile peace on the Balkan Peninsula

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