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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Greater efforts needed to enhance social cohesion and media freedom

Declaration by Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks, following a four-day visit to the country
Commissioner for Human Rights Sarajevo/Banja Luka 16 June 2017
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Hrasnica Collective Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hrasnica Collective Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Deeply ingrained ethnic divisions and lack of a common vision of reconciliation and development still hamper the construction of a tolerant and cohesive society in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 20 years after the war. The country has not yet managed to overcome its violent past and a number of victims, in particular families of missing persons and victims of war crimes of sexual violence, are denied justice. The authorities at all levels are called upon to redouble their efforts to ensure that all wartime victims are provided with adequate protection and support. A human rights approach needs to be systematically pursued, which would include all victims in all processes concerning redress” said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights following a four-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on issues relating to transitional justice and to media freedom.

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