Trnopolje Social Centre

Location: Trnopolje, Prijedor

Importance of the locality:

In the village of Trnopolje near Prijedor, in the local Social Centre and primary school and school yard, the military and police authorities of the Prijedor municipality established what was initially a transit camp. At the time when Omarska and Keraterm camps were operating, elderly men, women and children were brought here to prepare for their deportation from the Prijedor territory controlled by the Bosnian Serbs. Between May and November 1992, there were 4000-7000 people in the camp on any given day. It was established before the ICTY that a few hundred people were killed at the Trnopolje camp, while many more were subjected to various forms of torture and violence, including a high number of rapes.

Entity: Republika Srpska

Ethnic group: Bosniaks, Croats

Area that victims came from: Prijedor

Responsibility: VRS

Court trials:

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Momčilo Krajišnik, the wartime speaker of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, for crimes committed in the camps in Prijedor, under the doctrine of command responsibility, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Biljana Plavšić, wartime member of the Presidency of Republika Srpska, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Radovan Karadžić, as the president of Republika Srpska and commander in chief of its armed forces, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Radoslav Brđanin, president of the Crisis Staff of the Krajina Autonomous Region, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Stojan Župljanin, police commander in Banja Luka, was sentenced to 22 years in prison. The ICTY sentenced Milomir Stakić, head of the Crisis Staff of the Prijedor Municipality, to life in prison. Zoran Žigić was convicted at the ICTY for crimes committed in Prijedor camps, including Trnopolje, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The ICTY sentenced Darko Mrđa, member of the Prijedor Police Intervention Unit, to 17 years in prison for his participation in the massacre at Korićanske stijene on 21 August 1992. The Court of BiH convicted Goran Đurić for crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 8 years in prison. Đurić was charged as a member of the Prijedor Police Intervention Unit for securing the convoy of buses and lorries transporting prisoners to Korićanske stijene where they would be killed on 21 August 1992.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 18.10.2016.


Updated: 25.02.2020


Army of Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina - ARBiH
Security services command centre - CSB
Herzeg Bosnia - HB
Croat Defense Forces - HOS
Army of Croatia - HV
Croat Defense Council - HVO
Yugoslav National Army - JNA
International Crime Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia - ICTY
Ministry of Interior - MUP
People's Defense of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia - NO APZB
Police station - SJB
Serb Army of Krajina - SVK
Territorial defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina - TO BiH
Army of Republic of Srpska - VRS
Army of Yugoslavia - VJ