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UPR of Bosnia and Herzegovina – MRG’s submission

28 March 2019

Minority Rights Group International (MRG), has submitted a written contribution ahead of the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, scheduled for November 2019.

Our submission addresses two crucial areas of minority rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH): participation in political life and protection from discrimination. It summarises MRG’s observations on the progress and shortcomings of BiH in relation to the implementation of relevant accepted recommendations, in particular those that relate to removing discriminatory provisions from the Constitution and complying with the European Court of Human Right’s 2009 judgment in the Sejdic and Finci case. .

The full report can be accessed here.

MRG’s suggestions of recommendations include:

  • Adopt without further delay measures necessary to implement the Sejdic and Finci and Zornijudgments of the ECtHR.
  • Ensure that minority groups in BiH have the opportunity for effective participation in the consultation process aiming to find solutions to implement the ECtHR’s judgments and to carry out necessary legal reforms to remove ethnic discrimination in political participation.
  • Amend all constitutions, laws and regulations to end ethnic discrimination in political participation against national minorities.

MRG submission for the UPR of BiH – 2019