Promotion of diversity and equality in BiH
28 Oct 2022 13:47:00
Strengthening national minorities’ languages and cultures with the support of the European Union and the Council of EuropeBOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 19 OCTOBER 2022
46 topographic signs in the national minority languages were presented in Prnjavor, Srbac,...
27 Oct 2022 16:31:00
“Block the hatred; Share the love”: Discussion against hate speech and discrimination towards Roma peopleBijeljina 27 OCTOBER 2022
Representatives of the City of Bijeljina, its Roma community and other partners, with the support...
26 Oct 2022 09:45:00
Collecting equality data, developing policies and guidance among peers: Equality bodies across South/East Europe equipped with new tools to address hate speechStrasbourg 19 OCTOBER 2022
The third and the final workshop on “Addressing hate speech through improving data collection”...
13 Oct 2022 09:35:00
European Union and Council of Europe new study sets out clear roadmap for combating hate speech in Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo 12 October 2022
The Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees presented the study entitled: ‘Mapping responses to...
25 Aug 2022 14:16:00Konjic 25 AUGUST 2022
More than 100 primary and secondary school pupils and teachers from all over Bosnia and...
As part of the European Union and Council of Europe joint programmatic framework “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II” (Horizontal Facility II), the Council of Europe is implementing the Action “Promotion of Diversity and Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
The Action builds upon the work of the Horizontal Facility I project on strengthening protection and promotion of national minorities in Bosnia, while introducing two additional thematic components related to addressing discrimination on sexual orientation and/or gender identity grounds and combating hate speech.
The Action is implemented in close partnership with institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, Institution of Ombudsman for human rights, Agency for Gender equality, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for European Integration), from Republika Srpska (Ministry for European Integration and International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice), from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ministry of Justice, Government) and from Government of Brcko District as well as with the local European Union delegation, civil society organisations, local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
The Action has an overall budget of 783,000 EUR and it is implemented from May 2019 - December 2022.
Objectives and expected results:
The aim of the Action is to improve the functioning of anti-discrimination mechanisms and their accessibility to vulnerable groups in line with European standards, especially with recommendations from COE monitoring bodies, notably those from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and European Charter for Regional or Minority languages.
The Action intends to meet the following:
- Support initiatives to harmonise the anti-discrimination framework across the country and to develop and implement the respective action plans/strategies in relation to national minorities, LGBTI rights and hate speech;
- Strengthen the capacity of the authorities, local governments and/or equality bodies in order to allow them to better tailor their interventions to address discrimination and increase cooperation among authorities in this field;
- Increase the knowledge and awareness of the general public about the existence and rights of national minorities, about the rights of LGBTI persons and about the dangers posed by hate speech, offering means to develop counter-narratives.
The action is implemented by the No hate speech and cooperation unit of the Council of Europe, Anti-discrimination Department, Directorate General for Democracy.