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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Thomas Hammarberg: Time To Overcome Ethnic Divisions In Bosnia And Herzegovina

At the end of his three-day visit to Bosnia Herzegovina, Thomas Hammarberg has called for an end to the discrimination of national minorities in the country.

The Council of Europe’s Human rights Commissioner said: “Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina should end discrimination towards members of national minorities by bringing law and practice fully into line with human rights standards including the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

“The right to equality should be ensured for members of all ethnic groups.”

The Commissioner noted with serious concern a persisting polarisation between the different ethnic groups.

He encouraged the authorities to step up their efforts to ensure the effective implementation of anti-discrimination legislation and to raise public awareness of this law.

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