Council of Europe officials to discuss ‘Sejdić-Finci’ verdict

The Head of the Human Rights Directorate of the Council of Europe, Christophe Poirel, and representatives of the European Court of Human Rights will hold talks next week with government officials and senior diplomatic officials in Bosnia on the implementation of the so-called ‘Sejdić-Finci’ ruling. [Shutterstock/MDart10]

The Head of the Human Rights Directorate of the Council of Europe, Christophe Poirel, and representatives of the European Court of Human Rights will hold talks next week with government officials and senior diplomatic officials in Bosnia on the implementation of the so-called ‘Sejdić-Finci’ ruling and related groups of cases, the Council of Europe told Fena news agency on Thursday, N1 reported

Dervo Sejdić, a Roma, and Jakob Finci, a Jew, have sued Bosnia because the Constitution does not allow them to run for president or as a member of the parliament’s upper house, as those positions are open only for Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs.

The two are not allowed to run as president or MP because, under the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, the country’s Presidency consists of representatives of BiH’s three constituent peoples – the Bosniaks, the Serbs, and the Croats. This also applies to the House of Peoples.

However, this violates the rights of the country’s minorities and in 2009, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ordered the country to revise its Constitution by removing the discriminatory provisions.

Since then, nothing has been done to implement the ruling, which not only concerns minorities but also members of constitutive peoples who live in areas of the country dominated by one of the other two constituent peoples. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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