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Press statement | 14.01.2020

International Religious Freedom Day

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Ombudsmen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prof. Dr. Ljubinko Mitrović, Dr. Jasminka Džumhur and Nives Jukić, on January 15th, International Religious Freedom Day, called for respect for freedom and diversity, for promoting tolerance and dialogue, and for building a society in which each individual or group has a place and feels involved.

The Ombudsmen emphasize that Bosnia and Herzegovina is obliged to provide all citizens with religious rights and freedoms without discrimination, on any grounds.

This obligation stems from the basic postulates of democracy and a democratic society, in which everyone has the right to freedom of religion, which implies the freedom for every person, alone or in association with others, publicly or privately, to manifest their religion or belief through teaching, customs, prayer and rite .

Since it is important for human rights to be protected by the legal order, the Ombudsmen emphasize that the right to freedom of religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina is based on the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to which Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Entities will ensure the highest level of these rights and freedoms, and whose standards are also provided for by international instruments, such as the UN Universal Declaration, the Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and Civil Liberties, which have priority over all other laws.

Ombudsmen therefore consider that continuous measures are needed to establish international standards that guarantee and safeguard religious freedoms of both majority and minority peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in particular to raise awareness among citizens and institutions of the need for a high degree of national and religious tolerance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a very important standard for multiethnic and multiracial societies, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina.



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Ombudsmenka dr. Jasminka Džumhur u studijskoj posjeti u Vukovaru

The Ombudsmen attended the session of the Joint Commission on Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ombudsmeni prof dr. Ljubinko Mitrović i Nives Jukić na sjednici Odbora za za rad i socijalnu zaštitu Predstavničkog doma Parlamenta Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine

Ombudswoman Dr. Jasminka Džumhur spoke with students of the Gymnasium „Obala“ in Sarajevo and members of the CIVITAS section

Ombudsmen Dr. Jasminka Džumhur and Nives Jukić Visit Novi Grad Sarajevo Municipality

Ombudsman Prof. Dr. Ljubinko Mitrović Attends Ceremonial Academy of Pan-European Apeiron University and „Gemit-Apeiron“ High School

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