Documenting hate crimes, Bosnia Herzegovina
Tactic: Document violations
At the end of the Bosnian war in 1995, the religious landscape of the country changed dramatically. Some areas that had a Muslim majority became Christian majority and vice versa. Ethnic and religious tensions remain, and people who return to their original home areas are vulnerable even today.
PRVI is a group of volunteers who use reports from reliable local and national media to document violations of freedom of religion or belief. They categorise and compile incidents in an annual list which they send to the authorities and the media in Bosnia, and to international bodies. The volunteers believe that highlighting the incidents at home and abroad can create pressure for change.
“I think all our actions make a difference, no matter how small they seem.”
Emina, PRVI volunteer
Source: Emina Frljak, PRVI and the Nahla Center for Education and Research