Bosnians’ trust in public institutions slumps

Bosnians’ trust in public institutions slumps
By bne IntelliNews September 15, 2017

People in Bosnia & Herzegovina have an alarmingly low level of trust in public institutions, including the police, health system, judiciary, parliament, media, and even in NGOs, according to a survey published on September 14.

Many NGOs and international institutions have already said that people in Bosnia consider the level of corruption to be very high and do not trust in the state authorities that are making serious to tackle it.

According to the survey, prepared by the Centre for Security Studies, the trust of citizens in Bosnian public institutions dropped by an alarming 10% in 2017.

The share of people trusting the police fell to 47% in 2017 from 60% in 2016 and 54% in 2015.

“According to the citizens, one of the biggest problems in this area is the high level of influence of politicians on police work,” the survey says.

The results show that most Bosnians believe that the police do not act in their interest (61% of respondents), but operate as a means of protecting the interests of political parties.

The survey also showed that people believe that corruption is widespread among policemen, particularly among traffic and border police.

70% of Bosnians have said they do not trust the parliament, while 65% have said the same about the prosecution and 64% - about the judiciary.

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