HRH Sarajevo urges BH authorities to accept the UPR Recommendations
Human Rights House of Sarajevo – HRH Sarajevo, in its letter addressed to the Minister of the Human Rights and Refugees in B&H, Safet Halilovic and to the President of the Council of Ministers of B&H, Nikola Spiric, in behalf of the Informal NGO Coalition for the UPR, expressed the satisfaction over the results and the interactive dialogue during the UPR session of B&H held in late February 2010.
Tuesday, 09 March 2010, by HRH Sarajevo / Lejla Mazlic
Srdjan Dizdarevic, the president of the Board of HRH Sarajevo
The UPR report for B&H adopted last month by the Working Group for the UPR, has to be adopted at a plenary session of the Human Rights Council in June this year, by a resolution or decision. The next UPR session of B&H should show the results and concrete measures taken by the state of B&H in regards to the adopted UPR recommendations.
Having that in mind, on behalf of the Informal coalition of NGOs, Human Rights House of Sarajevo suggested in its letter, that the B&H Government adopts all the recommendations that are based on the conventions which are already ratified by the United Nations. In doing so, HRH Sarajevo especially points out the importance of following recommendations:
- To achieve consistent and practical application of all UN’s standards relating to the human rights, including the application of all already ratified instruments;
- To devote special attention to the fight against racism, ethnic, and religious intolerance and to make more effective mechanisms against discrimination;
- To create the political, legal and material conditions for the institution of Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent body, in accordance with the Paris Principles;
- To be guaranteed freedom of expression and media freedom, ensured by all the mechanisms of protection that are available to the authorities;
- To allow normal operation and effective protection of the fighters for human rights;
- To devote special attention to the protection of vulnerable groupes and their rights, especially children, women, persons with disabilities, Roma, sexual and gender minorities, returnees, victims of war and all those whose human rights were and are often severly violated.
HRH Sarajevo also suggested to BH authorities, a creation of the strategy and action plan for the protection of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and making of the appropriate mechanisms of monitoring of the application of the measures agreed and obligations accepted.
HRH Sarajevo also expressed its readiness and willingness to participate in the implementation of all measures and actions aimed at protection of human rights and their promotion, reminding the authorities that the Informal NGO Coalition for the UPR, will systematically monitor the implementation of the recommendations to be adopted at the session of the Human Rights Council in June 2010.
”We hope that in four years, until the next debate on Bosnia, the situation will be significantly enhanced”, said Mr. Dizdarevic.
HRH Sarajevo / Lejla Mazlic