SDA not giving give up on Republika Srpska’s name change

SDA not giving give up on Republika Srpska’s name change

Despite the fact that the ambassadors of the countries at the meeting of the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council in BiH (PIC BH) clearly stated that the initiative of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) to challenge the name of Republika Srpska at the Constitutional Court of BiH “would be counterproductive and irresponsible, as the names of the Entities are enshrined in the BiH Constitution”, SDA has not given up and continues with the actions aimed at the abolition of this name.

At the SDA Presidency session, members considered necessary to take decisive and concrete measures to improve the position of Bosniaks and Croats in the Republika Srpska. If the attitude of the authorities in this entity does not change regarding the guaranteed rights of Bosniaks and Croats granted by the Constitution, the authorized SDA nominees will file a complaint to the Constitutional Court of BiH or to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in order to force change the name “Republika Srpska” and introduce the names of the other two constituent peoples in BiH in the name of the entity.

“Discrimination and the obvious apartheid that has been achieved through the persistent decades long activities of the RS government, the passivity of the OHR and the international community has created a black hole on the map of human rights on the map of Europe in the 21st century.  Among other things, Bosniaks are not allowed to use their constitutionally guaranteed right to the use of their own language, RS authorities grant decorations to war crimes convicts, the refusal to implement decisions of the Constitutional Court of BiH, and the discrimination in the employment of Bosniaks and Croats in RS public companies is evident”, SDA states in its conclusion.

SDA Presidency member, Edin Ramić, said during the break of the session, that the party is not satisfied with the reaction of PIC SB and Office of the High Representative on the initiative.

“The Reaction of the Office of the High Representative and the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) on the announcement that the SDA will file an appeal seeking the elimination of discrimination in the RS entity is a paradigm of the entire relationship of the international community towards anti-democratic and anti-constitutional actions”, Ramic said.

He added that the SDA has concluded that “the attitude of the PIC in which responsibility is appropriately distributed through an unfair three-sided matrix provides a system of discrimination against Bosniaks and Croats in the RS entity”.

“Experience has shown that harsh condemnations and expressions of concern only encourage destructive forces that jeopardize peace in BiH. The OHR and the PIC must initiate and fulfil the obligations from the mandate entrusted to them, inter alia, when the peace is endangered”, the SDA concluded.

Ramić stressed that the SDA will seek a thorough reform of BiH’s judicial system, as well as the transformation of the HJPC and its competencies, in order to restore citizens’ confidence in the overall justice system.

“The appointment of Gordana Tadić as Chief Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH is the continuation of the process of the anti-constitutional removal of Bosniaks from the main positions in the judiciary. At the time when she was acting Chief Prosecutor she was forced to stop the process of sanctioning those who are responsible for an unconstitutional referendum on marking January 9th as the RS Day. She also began the process of the mass arrests and prosecution of the commanders of the RBiH, Army in order to create an artificial ethnic balance in the processing of war crimes. These were obviously the main references and merit for her appointment to this function. It is more than clear that the majority of the members of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council are mere implementers of the policies that want to remove Bosniaks from the top of the judiciary for the above reasons and prevent the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina from more decisively tackling corruption”, Ramić pointed out.

SDA leader, Bakir Izetbegović, said in the interview for the BiH Public Broadcaster that the Alliance of the Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) leader and BiH Presidency Chairman, Milorad Dodik, is “a robust, capable politician, brave, slowly trying how far he can go, insulting the OHR, an American ambassador, honoring war criminals, calling on Serbia to support the secession of Republika Srpska.These are unimaginable things that everyone is getting used to. Now Dodik expects us to support the man who will be his instrument at the Council of Ministers (Zoran Tegeltija), and openly says that he will not work according to the Constitution and the Law. It is time to draw a line and say that it is enough. Everyone will make some compromise. What we expect from the Serb side is at least to respect the BiH Constitution and the Law”./IBNA