Human Rights Council – Universal Periodic Review
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Date: Wednesday 17 February (afternoon)
Country under review: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Concerned country - national report
- Represented by a 17-person delegation and headed by the Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, H.E. Dr. Safet Halilović
- National report presented by H.E. Dr. Safet Halilović
- Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.
- Strategies to prevent violence against children and to combat juvenile delinquency.
- Working on a Strategy for Transitional Justice and a Law on the Rights of Victims of Torture and Civilian Victims of War.
- Institute for Missing Persons.
- Protection programmes for children and women victims of trafficking, in partnership with the NGO sector.
- Revised Action Plan for Roma Education to increase presence of Roma children in schools.
- Ratified the Convention for Protection of Persons with Disabilities.
Number of States taking part in the discussion
- Member States: 22
- Observer States: 25
- National War Crimes Strategy.
- Judicial reform to improve the independence of the judiciary.
- Strategy to prevent and combat domestic violence.
- Law on Gender Equality.
- Poverty eradication programmes
- Emphasis on public healthcare.
Issues and questions raised
- Trafficking in persons.
- Violence against women and children.
- Threats and assaults on human rights defenders and journalists.
- Ethnically-motivated violence.
- Political pressure on judges and prosecutors.
- Living conditions in detention centres.
- Refugees and internally displaced persons.
- Discrimination and assaults against lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bi-sexuals.
- Increase efforts to fight impunity for war crimes, in particular sexual violence.
- Take further steps to combat and prosecute women’s trafficking.
- Investigate and prosecute assaults on human rights defenders and journalists.
- Eliminate discriminatory provisions from the legislation.
- Eliminate references to capital punishment from the Constitution of the Republika Srpska.
- Strengthen the freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
- Develop a multi-ethnic educational environment and a curriculum that promotes tolerance.
- Ratify the Convention for the Protection of All Persons From Enforced Disappearance.
Response of the concerned country
- Discrimination – Constitution will be amended to guarantee the rights of minorities to be elected to the Presidency and Parliament.
- Violence Against Children – Measures have been successfully implemented. Further monitoring of the problem will help provide children with assistance and protection.
- Violence against women – Reforms of the Criminal Code adopted. Follow-up will be undertaken to adequately protect women against domestic violence.
- Gender Equality – State agencies established to implement the Law on Gender Equality.
- Displaced persons – Measures to ensure health care, education and social services for internally displaced people.
- Ethnically segregated schools – Two schools in two cantons. Due to education competence of the cantons, not been able to find a solution so far.
- Mine Removal – Bosnia and Herzegovina is the most mine infested country in Europe and this issue has to be seriously dealt with on the short-term.
Adoption of the report by the UPR working group scheduled on
Friday 19 February, as from 15:00