Parental right or segregation?: "two schools under one roof" before two courts in two cantons

Although the separation of children on the ethnic grounds is wrong and contrary to the fundamental rights of the child, the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a number of international conventions guaranteeing human rights, the practice of segregation in schools is still present.

Themes: Human RightsJudiciary and Access to Justice
Aleksandra Ivanković


In the new Commentary, author Ivanković offers an review of inconsistent judicial practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina when it comes to the phenomenon of "two schools under one roof", points to the perspective of international instances when it comes to segregation of children on ethnic grounds, and concludes that the final court decisions must be respected and that any hesitation in the execution of court decisions should be adequately interpreted and sanctioned.

This Commentary is published within the project “Equality for All: Civil Society Coalition against Discrimination“, and is implemented in cooperation with Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika – Center for Social Research, Rights for All and Vaša prava BiH. This project is financed by USAID and Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This publication is published by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this Commentary are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

The publication in English language is available HERE.