From 2 to 6 June, the Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) held, in partnership with the Police Academy of the FBiH, a war crimes specific training for police inspectors involved in war crimes investigations in the FBiH and Brčko District.
Under the auspices of the War Crimes Processing Project (WCPP) and in consultation with the EU and donor countries, the training targeted 35 investigators recently hired under the EU’s IPA assistance programme to the BiH judiciary to support war crimes processing.
The five-day intensive training was based on the 300-page Investigation Manual for War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide in BiH which was developed by the Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 2013 within the WCPP. Investigation techniques, physical evidence collection, approaching witnesses and protective measure and victims’ rights were all examined as was applicable legislation.
The training was held at the premises of the FBiH Police Academy with course material presented by experienced prosecutors and investigators. Participants and academy representatives praised the training and its focus on results and deliverables. A similar training will take place in Banja Luka targeting RS police inspectors later in June.