Serbs, as a constituent people in BiH, do not enjoy rights in the Federation of BiH /FBiH/, while these rights are secured to migrants who entered BiH without a single personal document, which is a systemic approach by Sarajevo to force Serbs to move out completely and to change the ethnic structure of the country, Head of the Committee for the Protection of Rights of Serbs in the FBiH Đorđe Radanović said.
“Forty thousand migrants entered BiH, 30,000 of whom are men and they are all called Mohammed. They do not have a single personal document and they all say they are called Mohammed and that they are coming from Syria,” Radanović told a press conference in Belgrade which was also attended by Mayors of Drvar and Glamoč, Dušica Runić and Nebojša Radivojša, respectively.
Radanović says that migrants in the FBiH are in a much better position than Serbs, noting that returnee villages in Sanski Most, Krupa, Petrovac, Ključ have not had power for 20 years.
“I am 100% sure that Serbs from the village of Prkos, for example, who do not have either power or water supply, would gladly exchange with migrants in Bihać who have food and all conditions,” Radanović said.
He has explained that Serbs are fourth-class citizens in FBiH Cantons where they are a minority and Bosniaks are a majority, noting that behind attempts to settle migrants in Serbian villages is a systemic, planned approach of Sarajevo politicians to make Serbs move out completely and to make an ethnically clean space.
“This is the hypocrisy of the Bosniak politics – Serbs are marginalized and the IC is told untruths about a multiethnic society, while Serbian churches are attacked and Serbian cemeteries are destroyed,” said Radanović.
Recalling that there were 530,000 Serbs in the area of the FBiH in 1991 and that they are now reduced to less than 45,000, mostly in four municipalities, Radanović has said that Serbs in Cantons where they are a minority are deprived of the right to take part in administration bodies guaranteed by the law.
He has explained that there is not a single Serb among 11 members of the Una-Sana Canton Government, and in Sarajevo Canton, where there were 27% of Serbs before the war, only 2% are employed in the public sector.
Drvar Mayor Dušica Runić has said that Serb returnees in the FBiH live difficult lives as they do not have prospects for employment, and they either do not receive aid at all or they receive insufficient aid in Cantons where Croats and Bosniaks are a majority.
She thanked Serbia for aid it provided for the municipalities of Drvar, Grahovo, Glamoč, and Bosanski Petrovac, stressing that after Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik visited Drvar, where 100 women returnees will be employed in the Yumko production facility, hope was restored to people.
Expressing the hope that this is just the beginning and that other investors will find their interest in investing in these municipalities, Runić has said that Republika Srpska’s aid has been present since the beginning and that without it, Serbs would not be able to survive.
Radivojša called on potential investors from Serbia and a wider region to come and invest in Glamoč, stressing that they will enjoy all necessary support.
“People are encouraged by aid. We lack the most the revitalization of the economy as this is how the life is restored,” Radivojša said.