On 23 July 2013, the House of Representatives of the Parliament of FBiH adopted the text of the Law on amendments to the Criminal Code of Federation of BiH and referred it into further procedure in the House of Peoples of the Parliament of FBiH. The law makes a hate crime as one motivated by hatred, hostility or prejudice toward a victim on the basis of (inter alia) gender identity or sexual orientation [R1.1].
The article that was adopted into the Law on amendments to the Criminal Code of FBiH defines hate crime as –
every criminal act whose predominated or sole motivation was hatred, hostility or prejudice towards the victim, based on his/hers real or assumed personal characteristic, or a personal characteristic of a person victim is associated with, such as nationality, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, health status, gender identity or some other personal trait [R1.1].
This Law also regulates that –
if a criminal act was hate motivated, the court must take that motivation into account as an aggravating circumstance, unless hate motivation is already regulated as a qualified form of a criminal act by this Law [R1.1].