Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has reported hate crime data to ODIHR. The three criminal codes applicable in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and the Brčko District contain identical or very similar hate crime provisions. These provisions include a definition of hate crime, penalty enhancements for specific offences and a mandatory general penalty enhancement for offences committed out of hatred. Hate crime data are provided by the Ministry of Interior but an institutional system for recording and collecting data has not been established. Victimization surveys have not been conducted.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2019 21 13 9
2018 Not available Not available Not available
2017 Not available Not available Not available
2016 Not available Not available Not available
2015 24 12 3

Hate crimes recorded by police

The data below consists of records reported by the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) and the Ministries of the Interior of the Republika Srpska, Central Bosnia Canton, Zenica-Doboj Canton and Sarajevo Canton. The breakdown consists of the following bias motivations: racism and xenophobia, bias against Muslims, bias against members of other religions (including offences with a bias against Orthodox Christians) and sexual orientation.

National developments

In 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina reported hate crime data to ODIHR for the first time since 2016.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Bosnia and Herzegovina has not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.