Appeal to the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

October 19, 2021

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Appeal to the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Embodied in the actions of Mr. Milorad Dodik and his supporters, the same Greater Serbia policy of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic is on the scene today, which led to horrific war crimes, including genocide, for which the two of them got sentenced to life imprisonment, and almost the entire political and military leadership to sentences of long-term imprisonment.

As it is known, the intention to break up Bosnia and Herzegovina got prevented by the Greater Serbia policy thanks to the actions of the Army of the Republic of BiH, but also the NATO pact in late August and early September 1995, and the war against Bosnia and Herzegovina ended with the Peace Agreement on November 21 in Dayton. However, that agreement, signed in Paris on December 14, did not enable the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a functional state. On the contrary, it gave the same forces that failed to break up Bosnia and Herzegovina with aggression the opportunity to carry out their plan in peace, continuously undermining and destabilizing the state.

Mr. Milorad Dodik's announcement of "withdrawal" of consent for the formation of the Armed Forces and the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and "return" to the entity level of all competencies given to the state - is the most severe blow to Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitutional order. 

Acting as if this crucial constitutional provision on additional competencies does not exist, Mr. Milorad Dodik announces that he will abolish the competencies of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to which, among other things, the consent of the Republika Srpska has agreed.

Mr. Dodik's statement that the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska will "restore" the competencies that the High Representatives transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina using the constitutional provision on additional competencies is an explicit announcement of a coup d'etat. Stating, if prevented, he will activate the story of peaceful dissolution - which is, in fact, the name for the disintegration of the state, that is, for the "exit" of the Republika Srpska from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After numerous statements that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an "impossible state" and that he wants its disappearance, racist belittling of the Bosniak people, numerous heinous insults against former High Representatives, and challenging the legality of Christian Schmidt - Dodik reached the Rubicon with his latest statements. His actions will bring Bosnia and Herzegovina into a new war because we cannot have peace and such a person on the political scene at the same time. Bosnia and Herzegovina must no longer be a passive hostage of this highly destructive, obviously insane man and his dangerous intentions.

That is why the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada and the Bosnian Canadian Community are appealing to Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada:

We are asking to take measures on behalf of Canada as a member of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina to urgently propose the suspension of Milorad Dodik from politics, which will also give a warning to his like-minded people.

To publicly support extremely worried Canadian Bosnians, promising that Canada will do everything in defense of sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence, and the international legal subjectivity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

 Dr. Emir Ramić

 Chairman of the institute for research of Genocide Canada