BiH promotes new anti discrimination tool

BiH promotes new anti discrimination tool

If you dig deep enough in BiH society to find discrimination, you will find it in hundreds of shapes. That is why it is important to educate citizens about this matter and how to combat discrimination on any level in the state. Also, it is important to establish the path for discrimination reporting to relevant institutions.

In order to set that path, several international organizations and local NVO joined forces and result is the new internet platform. Now, citizens have a new tool for combating discrimination at their disposal – the application via internet platform is directly forwarded to the competent institutions.

Since 2009, the right to equal treatment is guaranteed by the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination in BiH, and as of today, all those who testify or are victims of discrimination, can report it in a simple, fast and secure manner. The Internet Platform for Reporting Discrimination is an online mechanism for reporting cases of discrimination to the relevant institutions in BiH. The website also provides insight into the territorial representation of discrimination in BiH and provides access to important documents and contacts of relevant institutions in the field of human rights protection.

Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for Western Balkans at the European Commission’s Directorate for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, stated on the promotion that combating discrimination and ensuring the economic empowerment of all minorities and vulnerable groups are among the most important values of the EU, and stressed her satisfaction with the fact that a lot of young people are involved in this process.

“I am pleased that we can realize this kind of projects that will help citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to report discrimination, and thus once again confirm our concrete help in the field of human rights, and not only declaratively support that process. This platform is the voice of BiH citizens and is an important step for BiH’s progress towards the EU”, Calavera indicated.

Saliha Djuderija, Assistant of BiH Minister for Human Rights, said that reports clearly indicate where the major problems are in the area of discrimination. She added that social inclusion and support to all minorities should be much higher in local communities.

“The Ministry of Human Rights will cooperate with the LYRA group and Save the Children to ensure that the platform connects with our online system, which will ease the reporting of discrimination”, Djuderia said.

The platform was created as a part of the project “Young Roma Leaders in Action – Phase II”, funded by the European Union in the amount of 200 000 euro within the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, conducted by Save the Children in collaboration with partners, Citizens’ Association for the Promotion of Education of Roma “Otaharin” from Bijeljina and Association Altruist from Mostar. The Platform is administered by organizations “Otaharin” and “Altruist”./IBNA