“When a woman is slapped, she forgets that she was the cause of it.”

Scandalous statement declared by the representative of the House of Peoples in Federal Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H), Muharem Serbezovski (on right) publicly condemned by NGO sector in B&H.

By making the scandalous statement that “Balkan tradition is to beat women if they do not obey“, the delegate Muharem Serbezovski, President of the Human Rights Committee in Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has shocked and nauseated the public and NGO sector.

Non-governmental organizations in B&H most severely express their protest against the statement of the delegate Serbezovski who approves violence upon women considering it a part of the folklore of Balkan peoples.

NGO sector in B&H finds the situation outrageous and intolerable, where civic representative and president of Human Rights Committee in FB&H, publicly declares such attitude behind the parliamentary cathedra. It is also very alarming and disturbing that other delegates in the Parliament find this incident „amusing“. In addition, his colleague Zoran Budimlic compares women with disobedient and spoilt children.

Non-governmental organizations in B&H demand from the Parliament of the FB&H to most severely condemn these statements and viewpoints and demand urgent substitution of Muharem Serbezovski from the position of the president of Human Rights Committee.

Women of B&H demand from authorities to protect their right to dignity and life without violence!

The statement supported by: Human Rights House Sarajevo, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in B&H, Prava za sve Sarajevo, Association Udruzene zene from Banja Luka, and many others.

Please download the protest letter.


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    Women in B&H protest against the statement of Serbezovski


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