The legal and institutional framework for combating discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina was established by the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, which was adopted in 2009. However, many challenges continue to follow its implementation.
With the aim to identify the most urgent problems and gaps in the functioning of the system for combating discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Analitika's expert team conducted an analysis of the institutional response to discrimination, through the analysis of the activities and interaction of three key institutions in the field: the Institution of Ombudsman for Human Rights - as central institution for protection against discrimination in BiH, courts – as institutions where civil litigation concerning discrimination take place, and the Ministry of Human rights and Refugees, which plays an important role in monitoring trends, collection and systematization of data and establishing guidelines for anti-discrimination policy in BiH.
The analysis conducted by Analitika's expert team provides a comprehensive overview of the anti-discrimination framework and practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last four years and points to the key problems and failures in the implementation of the LPD and identifies a number of obstacles that need to be eliminated to allow for effective protection against of discrimination.
The report was published in the framework of the project Quality for All: Civil Society Coalition against Discrimination, which in partnership implemented by Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika-Center for Social Research, Rights for All and Your Rights B&H. The project is funded by USAID and Open Society Fund.
This publication is published by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this policy brief are the sole responsibility of the Author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.