Squaring the Anti-discrimination Triangle in BiH: Legal Framework, Policies and Practices 2016-2018

The fact that, almost ten years after it was established, the system of protection against discrimination in BiH is still not fully functional is certainly a cause for concern, but also for the increased engagement of all relevant actors.

Themes: Human RightsJudiciary and Access to JusticeConstitution, Institutions and Politics
Dženana RadončićEdin HodžićMidhat Izmirlija


Our new report offers an analysis of the institutional response to discrimination, with the emphasis on the functioning of the key mechanisms of protection and the work of key institutions in the fight against discrimination: The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of BiH, courts, and the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH.

This report is part of continuing activities of the Center for Social Research Analitika on monitoring and analysis of the implementation of the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination and a follow-up on our previous report in this field covering the period from 2012 to 2016. Following the established methodological approach, this report focuses on the period 2016-2018 and aims to examine to which extent the three above institutions exercise their competences in this area and whether substantial progress has been made in their work over the last two years. The report concludes with recommendations addressed to the relevant actors in the system of protection against discrimination in order to improve it, especially from the perspective of its functioning in practice.

The publication in local languages is available HERE.

The publication 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.