Please note: The Committee's website appears to be defunct since at least 2010, as at 4 November 2011. While the information below therefore could not be updated and its current level of activity is not clear, the Committe has signed a Joint Statement in September 2011: (accessed 04 November 2011).
As of 17 September 2018, the note above remains valid. The committee is mentioned in an article from Balkan Insight, 1 Mai 2017.
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska (HCRS) was founded in 1996. It is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation. The aim of the Committee is the promotion, protection and monitoring of human rights in Republika Srpska and the region. The HCRS also focuses on education of citizens, especially young people, on humanistic and civilization values (HCRS Website,, accessed on 27 May 2008).
Target group:
Legislative bodies, civil society, victims of human rights violations, local and international media, NGOs.
As stated on its website the main activities of the HCRS are:
“- collecting and spreading information on practical solutions in the field of human rights protection;
- giving suggestions for improvement of the state of human rights in Republika Srpska and the region, including the proposals of new and the change of existing laws;
- providing professional help to citizens in the field of human rights;
- establishing data base;
- contacting media for the purpose of promotion of all aspects of human rights;
- establishing cooperation with local and foreign organizations with the aim of promotion and protection of human rights;
- education of citizens, especially the young, on the main principles and postulates of human rights;
- education of citizens on tolerance and non-violent solving of conflicts.” (HCRS Website,, accessed on 27 May 2008)
No information available.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Thematic focus: Human rights, violation of human rights, protection of ethnic and religious minorities, prosecution of war crimes, youth.
Reporting methodology:
Monitoring and analysis of the political and human rights situation in Republika Srpska. Reporting on relevant conferences and round tables.
Publication cycle:
Quarterly reports: “Narrative Report: Promotion, protection and monitoring of human rights in Republika Srpska” (HCRS Website,, accessed on 27 May 2008).