The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says it will assist Bosnian police in combating hate-motivated crimes.
The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights says it will train Bosnian police in recognizing and responding to hate crimes, and in engaging with communities victimized by hate-motivated crime.
The Bosnian Deputy Minister of Security Mijo Kresic says harsher punishments will be introduced for crimes motivated by nationality, religious or political orientation.
The OSCE office, referred to as ODIHR, said in 2006 it was concerned about attacks on people returning after the 1992-95 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia and on minorities living in the country including Gypsies, or Roma.
The OSCE reached the agreement yesterday with the Bosnian Ministry of Security.