Posted by Mariana on 01 Nov 2012 | Comments
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday it has urged authorities in Bosnia to provide adequate therapy and financial compensation to wartime rape victims and to prosecute their attackers. Tens of thousands of women were raped during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war involving the country’s Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.
Amnesty, which has called for such action in the past, said in its latest report that the rape victims, who live in the country’s Serb-dominated mini-state of Bosnia, are being ignored by authorities there.
Lejla Hadzimesic, an Amnesty official, said her organization has asked authorities in Bosnian Serb institutions to provide financial compensation for the victims as well as medical and psychological care.
But the report, which Amnesty released Wednesday, was not mentioned in Bosnian Serb media on Thursday, and telephone calls to the Ministry of Labor, War Veterans and Disabled Person’s Protection seeking comment were not answered Thursday afternoon.