Citizens’ Association “The Way of Justice” Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded by human rights activists “Justice for David” in cooperation with the association “Justice for David and all children of Bosnia and Herzegovina” Vienna, Austria founded by the parents of the murdered Banja Luka student David Dragičević sent a letter to the institution of the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina on July the 2. 2020. with a request to receive the lawyer of the Dragičević and Memić family, Ifet Feraget
The letter points out that the investigation into the murder of a young Banja Luka student, David Dragičević, is not being conducted at all, and the judicial institutions of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, are not doing their job. Members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska continue to carry out terror, repression and discrimination against the citizens of Banja Luka, human rights activists “Justice for David”, on a daily basis. A number of human rights activists “Justice for David” are over 60 years old, and members of the police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska, harass, abuse, bring them to the station and discriminate on all grounds.
Our disappointment is all the greater, because the institutions of the European Union continue to support, finance and thus encourage the work of such a dysfunctional judiciary. We consider you responsible because you participated in the creation and actively financed the judicial system which, from the previously described, does not work adequately, nor does it serve the purpose for which it was created.
A meeting between the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Rule of Law Section, Margriet Prince and the lawyer Ifet Feraget was held on July the 20th 2020. At the meeting, a representative of the Rule of Law Section said: “The European Commission will continue to focus on both cases. The European Commission’s progress report on Bosnia and Herzegovina, expected in September, will mention both cases as a cause for concern. The European Commission is sending a message to Bosnia and Herzegovina that both cases must be resolved. “
The report of the European Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina was published in September 2020. but the items agreed at the meeting were not respected, nor were the Dragičević and Memić cases mentioned in the report, thus not mentioning the complete rule of law issues that these cases imply.
We sent letters to the European Commission in Brussels, the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Netherland Embassy asking why the European Commission’s September report on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress in the European integration process did not mention the Dragičević and Memić cases? Why the agreement from the meeting of the lawyers of the grieving families with the appointed Margriet Prince was not respected? What are the reasons for not mentioning such big problems and what are the further mechanisms of action that you recommend to us?
We are still waiting for an answer ……… ..