Kamenica Primary School

Location: Drvar

Importance of the locality:

During the war from 1992 to 1995, the Primary School in Kamenica near Drvar was used as a detention site for Croat and Bosniak civilians and soldiers of HVO and ARBiH. Conditions were harsh and inhumane, the prisoners were held in overcrowded rooms without glass panes on the windows and were forced to sleep on stone and concrete floors. Access to food and running water was very limited and the prisoners were subjected to starvation. Beatings and abuse were a daily occurrence. More than 70 prisoners were killed or died from injuries caused by the beatings.

Entity: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ethnic group: Bosniaks, Croats

Area that victims came from: BiH

Responsibility: VRS

Court trials:

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina convicted Ratko Dronjak as the commander of the facility and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. Following a guilty plea, Dragan Rodić was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The accused Dronjak, as commander of prison facilities and camps and commander in the Municipality of Drvar and Dragan Rodić, as guard and head guard, participated in establishing and maintaining a system of punishment and abuse at the Slavko Rodić Primary School in Drvar and at the Kamenica Camp. As per the indictment, the accused organised unlawful detention of Bosniak and Croat civilians and prisoners of war from Kulen Vakuf, Ključ, Sanski Most, Kupres and other areas of the Krajina Autonomous Province. The imprisoned civilians and prisoners of war were subjected to daily torture, beatings, killings, inhuman treatment and forced labour.

Data source: Court of BiH (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 20.10.2016.


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