Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year 2018
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The Law on Special Registry of Persons Convicted for Criminal Offences of Sexual Abuse and Child Abduction was adopted in the Republika Srpska (RS) in 2018 in order to ensure the protection of children from sexual abuse, abuse and exploitation, and to prevent persons who are legally convicted of these crimes from repeating the same or committing a similar crime. The Ombudsman for Children has repeatedly initiated amendments to the Criminal Code, which are also included in the new Criminal Code in terms of punishing perpetrators of criminal offences of sexual abuse of children, increasing the age limit for voluntary consent to sex, establishing a ban on performing in jobs, duties and activities relevant for perpetrators of these offences, to eliminate an option of a more lenient sentence for perpetrators of the criminal offences of sexual abuse of children, determining the psychosocial treatment of the perpetrator, and so on. The Register includes, among other, perpetrators of criminal offences prescribed by the RS Criminal Code, such as instructing a child to be present during sexual acts, exploiting children for pornography and pornographic performances, introducing children to pornography, exploiting a computer network or communicating with other technical means for the commission of criminal offences of sexual abuse or exploitation of the child, public indecency in front of the child and other crimes. 

Source of Information

Bosnia and Herzegovina's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.39-40