Invitation to participate:

Citizens’ Association “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka in cooperation with the association “Justice for David and all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

organizes the third international conference

“Anti-corruption campaign and raising public awareness about the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republika Srpska”

October 30, 2021

Hotel “Jelena” Banja Luka

“Anti-corruption campaign and raising public awareness about the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republic of Srpska” is one of the topics of the third international conference organized by the citizens’ association “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka, together with the association “Justice for David and all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina” from Vienna The conference will be held on October the 30th, 2021. in the conference hall of the Hotel “Jelena” Jovana Dučića 25, Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The primary goal of this event is to insist on the criminal responsibility of all those who, by doing but also not doing, led to the obstruction of the investigation in the case of the murder of David Dragičević. The secondary goal of this event is discrimination, persecution and repression of human rights activists “Justice for David”. 

As part of the Anti-Corruption Campaign and raising public awareness about the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in the Republic of Srpska, the citizens’ association “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka is conducting quantitative and qualitative research on the work of the Prosecutor’s Office. The aim of this research was to determine the level of knowledge of the work of the Prosecutor’s Office, the degree of institutional trust and the perception of corruption in the work of this institution. The problem was related to the currently inadequate work of the Republic of Srpska’s Prosecutor’s Office. This is best seen in the case of the murder of David Dragičević, where the Prosecution has not conducted any investigation for almost three years and has done absolutely nothing to shed light on this monstrous crime.

In accordance with the operationalization of general information about the work of the prosecution and institutional trust, which implies a rationally based civil assessment of institutional performance, we tried to test hypotheses knowledge of the work of the prosecution, the degree of institutional trust and the perception of corruption in this institution among citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We tried to examine that a more pronounced distrust in the institution of the prosecutor’s office implies a higher degree of crime and corruption in the work of this institution. In addition, we sought to examine the claim that institutions that operate adequately produce trust, while unreliable institutions produce skepticism and mistrust among the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hypotheses were tested on empirical data obtained through a survey conducted in the period from July to September 2021 via the Internet and in the field, in different cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We included ten cities in the Republic of Srpska (Banja Luka, Prijedor, Doboj, Novi Grad, Prnjavor, Teslić, Bijeljina, Trebinje, Laktaši).

If we take into account that Bosnia and Herzegovina has been a member of the Council of Europe since 2002, when it ratified the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, this document has been an integral part of its legal order for 17 years. Therefore, the convention is directly applicable and has priority over other laws. Certainly the most important question is what benefit the citizens of BiH have from the guarantees it provides them. The “Memić” case in the judicial system of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the “Dragičević” case in the Republic of Srpska show that in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is just a dead letter on paper because basic rights, such as the right to life, have been brutally violated. The question arises as to why EU member states are passively watching this situation, instead of acting on time and much more concretely than before, which would lead to these and similar, but also all future cases being adequately investigated.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the complete project “Anti-corruption campaign and raising public awareness of the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republic of Srpska” which was done in the period from April 2021 to April 2022 in cooperation with the Center for Civil Initiatives and USDA period of 12 months. 

Attendees will be introduced in detail to the specific project objectives related to the involvement of more activists in the process of public advocacy campaigns to raise awareness in policy making and influencing the government in terms of reducing corruption in society. Specific project activities related to the advocacy campaign on the inadequate work of the Prosecutor’s Office and the ubiquitous corruption in the work of this institution. The conference is divided into three parts. After the plenary lecture on the results of the research, participants will be able to visit two panel discussions on different topics. Conference participants will be acquainted in detail with the results of the research “Knowledge of the work of the Prosecutor’s Office, the level of institutional trust and perceptions of corruption” – Marjanović, J.) adopted conclusions and guidelines. Details of the panel discussions with topics and moderators will be announced later.

Citizens’ Association “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka was founded in 2019 by  human rights activists “Justice for David”, and some of its goals are: creating an institutional environment for a final solution to the murder of David Dragičević and all unsolved crimes in Bosnia and Hercegovina, promoting the rule of law and advocating for the harmonization of the laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the laws of the European Union, promoting civic activism, educating members of the Association on laws, citizens’ rights and protection of human rights and freedoms, educating citizens on their rights to participate in changes to the system, cooperation with international organizations and organizations throughout the EU in the direction of achieving the goals of the Association, raising public and society awareness of civil activism and the importance of citizen participation in creating the system in which they live, promoting the right to access information relevant to citizens, performing all ancillary activities in the direction realization of the goals of the Association.

We, hereby, are sending a public invitation to all interested parties to take part in the third international conference “Anti-corruption campaign and raising public awareness about the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republic of Srpska” on October the 30th, 2021. Banja Luka and give their contribution to the fight for Truth and Justice!

Please confirm your presence no later than 23.10.2020. to the email address: putpravde@gmail.com or to the phone number: +387 65 812 823.

You can contact us at: e-mails: putpravde@gmail.com nmerlinaa@gmail.com jelena@pravdazadavida.info sofija@gmail.com

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