The situation of human rights defenders in Bosnia-Herzegovina has improved in recent years. The number of physical attacks against human rights defenders decreased and no killings were reported. However, certain groups remain at risk, namely journalists and human rights defenders working against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
LGBTI rights defenders and members of the LGBTI community maintain a low profile and remain vulnerable to intimidation and harassment, including attacks and termination from employment. In most instances, government officials did not condemn such acts. LGBTI organisations resort to operate with discretion, without disclosing publicly their address and contact information due to fear of intimidation and threats.
Threats and physical attacks against independent journalists have increased. There have been reports of government and law enforcement officials putting pressure on journalists including through death threats. Many of these cases went unpunished.