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Press statement | 25.08.2017

Ombudspersons opened an ex officio investigation

Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and HerzegovinaHuman Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Related to the events that took place in Kruščica nearby Vitez on night 23/24 August, when according to the allegations reported by the media based on the evidence given by the eye-witnesses, members of the special police unit forces of the Ministry of Interior of Central Bosnia Canton hurt more women who placed blockades on the road intending to prevent the construction of a mini hydropower plant in the mentioned place. Ombudspersons of Bosnia and Herzegovina opened an ex officio investigatrion in order to examine all the circumstances of this case.

In this respect, the Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina will also review the procedure for obtaining permits for mini-hydropower plants from the point of view of environmental protection and the interest of the local population.

Pursuant to the Law on Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its Rules of Procedure, Ombudspersons will conduct an investigation and take measures in accordance with their competences in case that any violations of human rights are established.

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