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Freedom of Assembly… and Justice for David group

This document exclusively refers to the position and opinion of the Banjaluka Centre for Human Rights in relation to the interpretation of the issues dealing with constitutional and legal rights in Republika Srpska/Republic of Srpska (hereinafter: RS) or Bosnia and Herzegovina (hereinafter: B&H), international law, human rights, UN documents (hereinafter: the UN), the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms(hereinafter: ECHR or the Convention) and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter: ECtHR or the Court, with large initial letter “C”).

The only official and legally binding interpretation and position on these issues can be found in national and international regulations and practice, UN documents, original judgments of the ECtHR and the text of the ECHR. All information and examples in this document are for informative purposes only and they are explanations of events, actions, decisions, standards, etc. regarding the observation of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and also possible mistakes and violations of human rights by the state, and correction of these mistakes.

This document contains a brief analysis of certain human rights standards in the domain of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, relating to the case of the assembly of the “Justice for David” group (hereinafter: JfD), which gathered in connection with the murder of David Dragičević.

David Dragičević, a student from Banja Luka, was found dead on 24 March 2018, after six days of search and his death, according to a version presented by the state authorities, occurred under still unclear circumstances. It has been concluded only that David was killed, and so the prosecution launched an investigation against several unidentified persons on suspicion that they had committed the murder of David Dragičević, but only after enormous public pressure. The first version of public authorities was that David committed suicide after theft. To this day, the institutions of the RS and B&H had not yet determined who killed David.

Publikaciju možete preuzeti na sljedećem linku: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 and 2019 Through the Case of the `Justice for David` Group


In the General Framework Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the name of the entity in the Serbian language is “Republika Srpska”, and in the English language, it was originally written as “Republika Srpska”. However, in everyday use in domestic and international institutions, scientific, professional and media articles, the name in the English language “Republic of Srpska” is often used.

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