Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bosnian Serbs to boycott country’s central institutions | Al Jazeera

Bosnian Serb representatives have announced a boycott of all major institutions in the divided country – effectively blocking them – outraged about the decision of UN representative to ban genocide denial.

Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko, the UN High Representative in Bosnia who also holds various executive powers, made the decision last week.

Inzko imposed amendments to Bosnia’s criminal code to prohibit denial of genocide and war crimes in a country where the Srebrenica genocide is played down by Serb leaders.

While the high pepresentative can pass laws or unseat elected officials, he has rarely used his powers in the past. This latest decision has outraged Serb politicians.

Branislav Borenovic, one of the opposition leaders in Republika Srpska, the Bosnian Serb entity, announced the boycott at a news conference on Monday.

“As of tomorrow, Serb political representatives will no longer participate in the work of the common institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and will not make any decisions until this issue is resolved,” he told journalists.

Serb representatives will boycott the Bosnian joint presidency, the parliament and the government, he added – effectively blocking the central institutions that rely on the approval of representatives of all three ethnicities.

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