EU Delegation/EUSR in BiH deeply concerned with situation in Banja Luka and call for calm

“The European Union Delegation and the Office of the EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina is deeply concerned with the situation in Banja Luka since this morning. We have asked the RS Ministry of Interior for an immediate explanation of the ongoing arrests of different persons associated with the “Justice for David” movement, including Davor Dragicevic as well as opposition politicians. We are following the developments closely in Banja Luka and urge everyone to stay calm and refrain from violence.

Ambassador Wigemark and Ambassadors of all EU Member States present in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently met with Davor Dragicevic and Muriz Memic. We commend their tireless efforts to peacefully seek out justice for the deaths of their sons. It is striking that two fathers in search of justice for their dead sons have mobilized more outcry against lack of rule of law and impunity in BiH than any political party has managed to do.

Today’s turn of events in Banja Luka sends a negative and alarming signal about the state of rule of law in BIH. We will continue to follow the events very closely and urge all to stay calm.”