Bosnian parliamentarians could be suspended from Council of Europe

08:35, April 14, 2010      

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Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) could be suspended from the Council of Europe unless the government amends the country's constitution and its electoral legislation according to the European Convention on Human Rights, warned Kimmo Sasi, rapporteur of the Council's observation team for BiH, in Sarajevo, Tuesday.

According to the Croatian new agency Hina, Sasi and Karin Woldseth, co-member of the team, met with representatives of both house of parliament of BiH to see what progress had been made with respect to the implementation of rulings from the European Court of Human Rights.

"I am disappointed that the working group has held only three meetings and nothing much was done," said Sasi was at a press conference. He added that there was insufficient time before the upcoming October elections to make the necessary amendments.

"The time until the election is now too short to get something done in this area," he stated.

The current constitution of BiH violates the human rights of minorities, as the three slots in the collective presidency are reserved for representatives of BiH's three constituent nationalities: Bosniak, Serb and Croat.

Sasi, however, warned that parliamentarians from BiH could be suspended from participating in the Council of Europe, because they would have come to power in an election that was not conducted in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Source: Xinhua


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