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Town and municipality
View on Čelinac
View on Čelinac
Coat of arms of Čelinac
Coat of arms
Location of Čelinac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location of Čelinac within Bosnia and Herzegovina
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Entity Republika Srpska
Municipality Čelinac
 • Mayor Momčilo Zeljković (SNSD) [1]
 • Total 361,81 km2 (13,970 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 16,874
 • Density 46,6/km2 (1,210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 051
Website Official Web Site

Čelinac (Serbian Cyrillic: Челинац) is a town and municipality located in north-west Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The municipality lies about 15 km (9 mi) to the east of the city of Banja Luka.


It is located by Jošavka and Vrbanja rivers, between municipalities of Laktaši and Prnjavor to the north, Teslić to the east, Kotor Varoš, Skender Vakuf / Kneževo to the south, and Banja Luka to the west.


Main initiator and leader of persecution nonserbs population in the valley of the Vrbanja river and Bosanska Krajina, including Čelinac, was member of the radical currents SDS - Radoslav Brdjanin, a native of nearby village of Popovac.

Brđanin was a leading political figure in Autonomous Region of Krajina (ARK). During The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, was the key positions at the municipal, regional and "republic" level. Among other things, he was the first vice president of the Assembly of the ARK, president of the ARK Crisis Staff and later as Acting Vice Minister for Production, Minister for Construction, Traffic and Utilities and acting Deputy Prime Minister Republika Srpska (RS). International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) condemned him for various crimes to 30 years in prison.[1]

During the War in Bosnia, along with other generally known reprisals, local authorities have introduced the original limits of Bosniaks and Croats, i.e. non-Serb population. In addition to those who have experienced this, among other things, bears witness to the indictment against Radovan Karadžić to tribunal in The Hague. At the hearing, Nikola Poplašen, 2013, one of the questions to the witness the defense, it was:

"Being in a statement that the Republiika Srpska there was no discrimination on ethnic grounds, the prosecutor showed the decision of the authorities of the municipality Čelinac of 23 July 1992, in which Croats and Muslims prohibited from the streets of 16-18 hours, swimming in the river , fishing, gathering in large groups, and the only thing they expressly permitted - departure. And that's only if the municipality abandon the entire household. After Poplasen, municipal governments are these restrictions wanted to "protect" population and 'keep people head'"[2]


Čelinac Municupality; Census Year 2013: Total of 15,548 inhabitants
Census Year 2013. 1991. 1981. 1971.
Serbs 14,874 (95.66%) 16,554 (88.46%) 15,832 (86.25%) 15,880 (91.10%)
Bosniaks 453 (2.91%) 1,446 (7.72%) 1,232 (6.71%) 1,209 (6.93%)
Croats 49 (0.31%) 76 (0.40%) 86 (0.46%) 90 (0.51%)
Yugoslavs 0.00 (0.00%) 377 (2.01%) 885 (4.82%) 14 (0.08%)
Others and unknown 124 (0.79%) 260 (1.38%) 239 (1.30%) 213 (1.22%)
Total 15,548 18,713 18,354 17,430
Čelinac populated place; Census Year 2013: Total of 5,802 inhabitants
Census Year 1991. 1981. 1971.
Serbs 3,450 (71.03%) 1,798 (57.33%) 569 (43.07%)
Bosniaks 1,005 (20.69%) 817 (26.05%) 694 (52.53%)
Croats 51 (1.05%) 57 (1.81%) 32 (2.42%)
Yugoslavs 234 (4.81%) 402 (12.81%) 7 (0.52%)
Others and unknown 117 (2.41%) 49 (1.56%) 15 (1.14%)
Total 4,857 3,136 1,321

Inhabited places[edit]

In the municipality of Čelinac you can also find the villages Štrbe (main village in the municipality of Čelinac), Jošavka, Snjegotina, and Grabovac. Serbs are the overwhelming majority in these villages, as a great number of the natives of these villages have emigrated to Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia, because of a high degree of poverty in this municipality.

The Stuplje monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church is located in the municipality.


BalteBasićiBranešci DonjiBranešci GornjiBrezičaniCrni Vrh • Čelinac • Čelinac GornjiDubrava NovaDubrava StaraGrabovacJošavka DonjaJošavka GornjaKabloviKamenicaLađevciLipovacMarkovacMehovciMemićiMiloševoOpsječkoPopovacSkatavicaŠahinovićiŠnjegotina DonjaŠnjegotina SrednjaŠnjegotina VelikaŠtrbeVijačani Gornji.

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Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/33106/smanjena-kazna-bivsem-potpredsjedniku-vlade-bosanskih-srba%7C publisher=Nacional| title=Smanjena kazna bivšem potpredsjedniku vlade bosanskih Srba.
  2. ^ "DA LI JE KARADŽIĆ BIO "NASILAN" ILI "VIOLENTAN"? - SENSE Agency - Vest". www.sense-agency.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 

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Coordinates: 44°43′30″N 17°19′48″E / 44.72500°N 17.33000°E / 44.72500; 17.33000