Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo

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Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo
Formation 1994
Type NGO
Headquarters Sarajevo
Mirsad Tokaca

The Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo (RDC) was an institution based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, funded by the Norwegian government that aimed to gather facts, documents, and data on genocide, war crimes, and human rights violations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It describes itself as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit, professional and nonpartisan institution. RDC investigates issues regardless of the ethnic, political, religious, social, or racial affiliation of the victims.

The Center was made up of independent members, intellectuals and professionals from different academic disciplines. All of RDC's documents (witness statements, photo and video material, etc.) have been made available to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, as well as to the Bosnian courts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientific institutions and the media.

The Bosnian Book of Dead[edit]

On June 21, 2007, the RDC published its research on Bosnia-Herzegovina's war casualties, titled The Bosnian Book of the Dead. This database includes 97,207 names of Bosnia and Herzegovina's citizens, killed and missing during the 1992–1995 war. An international team of experts evaluated the findings before they were released. More than 240,000 pieces of data were collected, checked, compared, and evaluated by international team of experts, in order to get the 2007 figure of the number of victims, belonging to all nationalities.

Of the 97,207 casualties documented by 2007:[1]

  • Civilian status: 60% were soldiers (40% civilians)
  • Male: 90%
  • Ethnicity: 65% Bosniaks, 25% Bosnian Serbs, and just over 8% Croats
    • Of civilian victims: 83% Bosniaks, 10% Bosnian Serbs, and more than 5% Bosnian Croats, followed by a small number of Jews or Roma

The percentage of civilian victims would have been higher had survivors not reported their loved-ones as "soldiers" to access social services and other post-mortem benefits.[2]


  1. ^ "Research shows estimates of Bosnian war death toll were inflated". International Herald Tribune. June 21, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ Patrick Ball, Ewa Tabeau and Philip Verwimp (17 June 2007). "The Bosnian Book of Dead: Assessment of the Database" (PDF). Households in Conflict Network. p. 5. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 

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