Bosnia high court strikes down use of ethnic symbols

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] ruled Friday that Bosnia's main ethnic groups dominating the country's two semi-autonomous regions must discontinue use of ethnic symbols, including anthems, flags, and coats of arms adopted after the 1992-95 Bosnian war, because they were discriminatory. Serbs in the Republic of Srpska [official website] and Muslims and Croats in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] will have to change their symbols within the next six months in response to the court ruling. The Constitutional Court decided that the use of the ethnic symbols discriminated against minority ethnic groups in the areas.

Sulejman Tihic [Southeast European Times profile], the Bosnian Muslim leader on the country's rotating tripartite presidency, initiated the complaint by alleging the symbols violated the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. Reuters has more.

 

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