BiH, as a member of the Council of Europe, is obliged to resolve the implementation of the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the Sejdic-Finci case, stressed the Office of the High Representative.
Today, 22 December, marks six years since BiH has failed to implement the ruling in the ECHR case of Sejdic-Finci vs. BiH.
“Implementation of the ruling in the Sejdic-Finci case would benefit everyone in BiH. This ruling represents a clear basis on which it is possible to protect and nurture the diversity that enriches and strengthens the structure of BiH society,” said High Representative Valentin Inzko.
The OHR states that the anniversary is a “good opportunity to once again remind BiH organs that they should harmonize the constitution of the country and its electoral system with the ECHR and European Convention on Human Rights.”
“The substance of the Sejdic-Finci ruling is to ensure that every citizen of BiH enjoys the same rights when it comes to participating in public life. This is about eliminating discrimination in society. The implementation of the ruling would be an indicator of the maturity of institutions in BiH and proof of their commitment to tolerance and openness. In addition, it would help to reestablish the traditional way of life and values of BiH society, where every culture was accepted and treated equally and where everyone had equal right to elect and be elected,” said the High Representative.