Human Rights House Foundation

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The UPR Project Information

Human Rights House of Sarajevo together with other civil society actors, is implementing a project "The UPR Process - Occasion to Strengthen Civil Society and Improve Human Rights in B&H". The project envisions creation of a broad NGO informal coalition, set of public debates on human rights issues, establishment of a regular dialogue with BH authorities, ratification of the relevant international HR instruments and at final phase, improvement of the human rights record in B&H.

Thursday, 25 June 2009, by Lejla Mazlic, Human Rights House Sarajevo

UPR mechanism is to be a cooperative mechanism, based on objective and reliable information, and equal treatment of all States. The review process is to fully involve the State under review, while at the same time not be overly burdensome for States. It should not duplicate the work of the treaty bodies.

The novelty of the mechanism offers NGOs and governments an opportunity to shape it, including through the establishment of good precedents. The UPR offers an opportunity to address in the UN’s principal interstate human rights body country situations that were never the subject of action by the Commission on Human Rights.

According to the already established timetable, Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the agenda of the HRC during its Seventh Session scheduled for February 2010. It means that all the relevant reports, including the reports of NGO's and from the Government, are to be submitted by September 2009. Before that, Human Rights House of Sarajevo together with other civil society actors, will create a broad NGO informal coalition in order to discuss the Human Rights’ issues with the state authorities and to prepare their own report. Therefore, there is a necessity and opportunity to organize country wide public debates on the human rights issues.

The civil society actors, namely the NGO informal coalition for the UPR will also be in charge to lobby the members of the HRC and relevant international NGO's in order to raise the most important issues during the UPR process aiming also at having concrete and clear recommendations for the BH authorities.

Finally, once the UPR process is concluded with the adoption of the HRC report and recommendations, the NGO UPR Informal Coalition will monitor its implementation until the next UPR cycle in 2014.

Aims of the project:

  • Creation of a broad NGO informal coalition with approximately 200 NGO's from all the parts of the country;
  • Broad public debate on human rights issues;
  • Establishment of a regular dialogue with BH authorities and National HR institutions;
  • Ratification of the relevant international HR instruments by the BH authorities and harmonization of the BH legislation with the international standards;
  • Improvement of the human rights record in BH.

Expected results:

  •  The improvement of the legal framework for the protection of human rights in the country;
  • Education of members of  human rights and other concerned NGO's for the UPR process and for the human rights mechanisms within the UN system in general; capacity building of concerned NGO's;
  • Establishment of a regular dialogue with state authorities and NHI based on partnership;
  • The sensitization of the public opinion to human rights issues;
  • Improvement of the human rights situation in the country in general.

Timetable of the UPR project activities and text on the already implemented activities regarding UPR process in B&H, are available for download.

Lejla Mazlic, Human Rights House Sarajevo
sarajevo@humanrightshouse.org

Documents:

UPR Brochure by HRH Sarajevo

B&H NGO report for UPR (in Bosnian and English).
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Final UPR Report - English version

Final UPR report by NGO Informal Coalition for UPR of B&H (in English).
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Final UPR Report - Bosnian version

Final UPR report by NGO Informal Coalition for UPR of B&H (in Bosnian)
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Members of Informal NGO Coalition for UPR

List of NGOs - members of the Informal NGO Coalition for UPR and signers of the UPR report
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Timetable of the UPR Project

Timetable of the UPR Project activities
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UPR Events in B&H:

UPR session of B&H -

UPR webcast of Bosnia & Herzegovina;

Meeting with the Slovenian ambassador -

2nd meeting with the Troika member country, on the up-coming UPR of BiH;

Meeting with the Belgium ambassador in BiH -

1st meeting with the Troika member country, on the up-coming UPR of BiH; 

Meeting of Editorial Group for UPR -

review of the proposal of the final UPR report ;

Public debate -

broad discussion on Draft of the joint NGO Report ;

2nd NGO Meeting on UPR -

finalization of the individual reports;

1st NGO Meeting on UPR -

creating Informal NGO Coalition.

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Swiss Embassy in B&H

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Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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