Old Culture Centre

Location: Pale

Importance of the locality:

From April to August 1992, the old Culture Centre in Pale was used as a detention facility for non-Serbs. The nearby public security station of MUP RS was in control of the facility. The prisoners were subjected to harsh and inhumane conditions and daily abuse and beatings. At least 5 people were killed at the camp or succumbed to injuries from the beatings.

Entity: Republika Srpska

Ethnic group: Bosniaks

Area that victims came from: Pale, Sarajevo

Responsibility: VRS, Police

Court trials:

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Momčilo Krajišnik, the wartime speaker of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, 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. The ICTY Trial Chamber convicted Mićo Stanišić and sentenced him to 22 years in prison.In 1999, the Supreme Court of FBiH convicted Milomir Tepeš and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Data source: ICTY (updated 06.12.2019)

Marked and photographed: 17.05.2016.


Updated: 05.02.2020


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