Discrimination and political participation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (March 2010)

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Sejdic and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Bosnian Jew and an ethnic Roma have successfully challenged discriminatory provisions within Bosnia’s Constitution and electoral laws. In a groundbreaking case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 22 December 2009, the Court found certain provisions of the Bosnian Constitution and election laws to discriminate against minorities. The Constitution was drawn up as part of the internationally agreed 1995 Dayton Peace Accord. Jakob Finci, a prominent Jew, and Dervo Sejdić, of Roma ethnicity, argued that the country’s Constitution and election law are discriminatory in preventing them from running for or being elected to the presidency or the upper house of the parliament…