Stop retaliation against whistleblowers in Bosnia
|For more than a year, a small family-owned mining company in Bosnia has suffered relentless retaliation for blowing the whistle on a government bribery scheme. Rather than being thanked for exposing corruption, Tuzla Kvarc has faced reprisals that have brought the firm to its knees.
Authorities have shut down its quartz mining operations. Workers have not been paid since January. Their options running out, several employees began a hunger strike to draw attention to this flagrant case of whistleblower retaliation.
The hunger strike has continued, with people refusing water and medical care.
International pressure on Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic is urgently needed to stop the retaliation against the Tuzla Kvarc whistleblowers.
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Zlatan and Smail Velagic survey the rubble of their office building that was burned and demolished by unknown perpetrators in October 2015. They claim their office was destroyed as retaliation for exposing a government bribery scheme in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: Mark Worth).