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NATO's Stoltenberg: Foreign actors working to undermine progress in BiH

December 1, 2021
Tensions have been rising in Bosnia and Kosovo in the recent period as “foreign actors working to undermine progress”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the closing press conference following the meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers in Riga, Latvia, adding that member countries have agreed on the importance of their presence in the Western Balkans.
Stoltenberg spoke about the ongoing situation in Ukraine and Russia, Afghanistan, as well as the Western Balkans, notably BiH.
“For our final session, we were joined by our partners Finland, Sweden, and by EU High Representative (Josep) Borrell. We discussed stability and security in the Western Balkans,” he said.
“The region has come a long way since the conflicts of the 1990s. But recently we have seen tensions rise. Including in Kosovo, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. With more aggressive rhetoric. Stalled reforms. And foreign actors working to undermine progress,” Stoltenberg stressed.
He said that NATO will continue to promote stability, security and cooperation in the region and that member countries “agreed on the importance” of the alliance’s presence.
“Including our KFOR mission in Kosovo. And our offices in Sarajevo and in Belgrade,” he said, adding that NATO cooperation with the European Union remains “essential.”
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/natos-stoltenberg-foreign-actors-working-to-undermine-progress-in-bih/

Croatian FM: Bosnia's NATO and EU membership precondition for stability

December 1, 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina's membership in NATO and the European Union is a precondition for stability not just on the Croatian borders, but in the EU as well, Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Gordan Grlic-Radman, said before the second day of the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga on Wednesday.
“Speaking of Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have to point out that the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina should be in NATO and the EU because that will bring stability to the Croatian borders and will keep instability away from the rest of NATO and the EU,” the Croatian foreign minister said, describing the Western Balkans as NATO's “unfinished business”.
He said that a solution should be found to help Bosnia and Herzegovina move forward while fully respecting the equality of its constituent peoples, as required by its constitution, which he said would heal the wounds inflicted by “separatism and unitarism.” “Both are equally detrimental to Bosnia and Herzegovina,” he added.
Grlic-Radman said that the reform of the country's electoral legislation would remove all forms of discrimination and that this could be achieved by ensuring legitimate political representation.
“I cannot emphasise enough that time is of the essence because Bosnia and Herzegovina is holding a general election already next year,” he said.
Fragile situation with regard to Serbia and Kosovo
The Croatian foreign minister also warned of the fragile situation with regard to Serbia and Kosovo, adding that NATO should focus more strongly on Kosovo.
“Last month Croatia increased its presence in Kosovo. The KFOR mission has particular importance to Croatia because it is in our immediate neighbourhood, which can have a considerable impact on stability in the entire region,” Grlic-Radman said.
“The EU will continue to be a special partner to NATO, and the Western Balkans is a region where our synergy can produce concrete results,” he added.
On the second day of their meeting, the NATO foreign ministers will discuss stability and security in the Western Balkans, the situation in Ukraine and Georgia, NATO's involvement in Afghanistan, and lessons for the future management of crisis situations.
NATO is developing a new strategic concept reflecting global changes in the security environment. According to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO 2030 is an ambitious transatlantic defence and security programme aimed at strengthening political consultations among the allies, reinforcing collective defence and enhancing the resilience of infrastructure and supply chains.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/croatian-fm-bosnias-nato-and-eu-membership-precondition-for-stability/

Bosnia’s Armed Forces celebrating 16th anniversary of formation

December 1, 2021
Numerous high profile officials attended the ceremony and presentation Wednesday on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of Bosnia’s Armed Forces.
In his address, the Chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of BiH, Colonel General Senad Masovic, pointed out that in the past 16 years, the Armed Forces have strengthened and developed into a recognizable military force both in the region and beyond.
“Over the past 16 years, through professional and responsible execution of the law on the prescribed mission, both in the country and abroad, the AF BiH have gained the trust of domestic government institutions, the population, but also a significant international reputation. The results were not lacking, on the contrary, we achieved numerous achievements. The battalion group of the BiH AF combat infantry showed high professionalism and the level of training in accordance with NATO standards,” said Masovic.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Baroness Annabel Goldie, pointed out that her greatest privilege in this work is the constant contact she has with members of BiH Armed Forces.
“I have personally seen the commitment and service they bring to their work, protecting us and our allies around the world. As I stand in BiH, I strongly feel the military legacy of the United Kingdom in this country in a role that has been important, both in securing peace and the future. Renovated military clinics in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Capljina and Tuzla, which will help members of the Armed Forces get the best care, a system of precision shooting with live ammunition which we handed over at Manjaca (training grounds) last month with all the improvements in weapons handling, places for you at our military academies, joint efforts we make for salaries…. so much is being done and so much remains to be done,” Goldie said.
In his address, Sifet Podzic, the BiH Defence Minister, pointed out that December 1 is one of the big dates that is celebrated in all parts of BiH, that is why it is not only important for the Ministry, but for the state as well.
He recalled that this year the BiH Armed Forces began their engagement in the arrangement of the migrant camp Lipa near Bihac when they prevented the escalation of a significant humanitarian crisis in BiH.
“We’re ending 2021 with the good news: the Council of the European Peace Fund unanimously approved a donation worth €10 million for the purchase of vehicle equipment for our demining battalion. Next week, we will present to our citizens the largest investment in the Armed Forces of BiH since their establishment on January 1, 2006. years. Cooperation with NATO has continued. The NATO headquarters in Brussels sent an agreement in August this year for a self-assessment of the BiH reform program in 2020. Its content shows positive impressions from the NATO headquarters, as well as the support of BiH and encouragement towards that path” Minister Podzic said.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/bosnias-armed-forces-celebrating-16th-anniversary-of-formation/

Germany strongly supports Bosnia and the High Representative in the country

December 1, 2021
Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovicmet on Wednesday with her German counterpart Michael Roth, in Sarajevo where they discussed bilateral relations and the current situation in the country and the region.
German Minister of State Roth recalled that Germany is very committed to the Western Balkans region as well as its future in the European Union, expressing confidence that the new government will continue with the same policy towards BiH and the region.
“The new coalition strongly supports the Western Balkans region and will continue to provide concrete support in every sense. He expressed regret over the situation in our country and reiterated the firm position of the Federal Republic of Germany that the future of BiH is only one, and that is a state that is united, sovereign, multinational and multi-confessional,” Turkovic's cabinet said.
The German minister said that the High Representative has the strong support of Germany in his work, mandate and powers.
The foreign policy goals of Bosnia and Herzegovina were also discussed at the meeting, as well as the information on geostrategic influences in the Western Balkans.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/germany-strongly-supports-bosnia-and-the-high-representative-in-the-country/

Transparency International urges for transparent election reform in Bosnia

December 1, 2021
While intensification of US and EU efforts on the much needed electoral reform in Bosnia is commendable, Transparency International (TI BiH) notes that the process must be transparent and the public familiarized with the proposals at hand, the international non-governmental organisation said Tuesday.
“Considering the importance of the reform of the entire election legislation, TI BiH emphasizes the need to make available all the relevant information on the negotiation process, as well as to involve all relevant actors in the process. The lack of information on specific solutions, and the lack of relevant institutional discussions on their direction and content, open additional space for speculation, which can undermine the credibility of the process, further complicate it or even lead to additional tensions,” said TI BiH.
The TI BiH noted that from the beginning of the entire process they offered concrete proposals regarding the improvement of the integrity of elections, primarily through ensuring the independence of the election administration, prevention of abuse and pressure on voters, all in accordance with relevant international recommendations.
“However, it is evident that there is no support or interest among the BiH authorities for reforms and respect for international standards, in terms of establishing integrity, and that the demands of representatives of ruling political parties are aimed exclusively at maintaining or increasing their control over the election process, under the guise of protection of national interests, creating a continuous crisis,” the TI BiH pointed out.
With this in mind, as well as the fact that there are only a few months left until the call of the 2022 general elections, there is little room for the adoption of solutions that could represent substantial progress or ensure an adequate procedure for their adoption, the ONG said, adding that measures must be taken to prevent blockades of the election process, but also to ensure significantly stronger oversight through a robust election observation mission at all polling stations, as well as through strengthening monitoring of the election process and preventing pressure on voters.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/transparency-international-urges-for-transparent-election-reform-in-bosnia/

Borrell: Western Balkans strategic region for EU

December 1, 2021
The European Union’s top diplomat said on Wednesday that the Western Balkans remain a strategic region for the EU.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell told reporters at the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Riga that The EU has strong links with the three Western Balkan countries that are also members of NATO, both in terms of enlargement and security.
“On Kosovo and Serbia we had a lot of tension in the last months, over the summer. The situation became more calm lately but still there is a need to go back to the dialogue, to resume the dialogue. There is no other way to stabilize the situation,” Borrell said.
He also expressed concern over the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina saying that there have been some attempts to try to undo 26 years of peace and stability. “We remain committed to the unity of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a single country and we call on everybody to do the reforms necessary to keep this unity and reform the electoral law,” he said.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/borrell-western-balkans-strategic-region-for-eu/

Serbia’s Vucic: Russia’s Putin has always stood by Serbia and Serb people

December 1, 2021
Serbia's President and the leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Aleksandar Vucic, praised his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for long-standing friendship with his country and the Serb people.
Taking part in the online conference „Global Challenges of the 21st Century: Inter-Party Dimension“, organised by Putin’s United Russia, Vucic said: „Many thanks to President Putin, who was always with Serbia and the Serb people, when it was the hardest. Long live Serbian-Russian friendship,“ Vucic posted on his Instagram account.
Vucic has recently met Putin in Sochi for the 19th time to get a favourable gas price for Serbia.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-vucic-russias-putin-has-always-stood-by-serbia-and-serb-people/

Roma party, Romanian NGOs demand charges against ex-Serbia’s paramilitary

December 1, 2021
Serbia's Roma Party said on Wednesday it submitted to the Public Prosecutors' Office criminal charges against Dragoslav Bokan, former Serbia's paramilitary from the 1990s wars in ex-Yugoslavia, for hate speech against Marinika Tepic, an opposition leader of the Romanian roots.
„First of all, we expect the prosecution to do its job and not ignore this report,“ Roma Party President Srdjan Sajin said, adding that the prosecution’s efficiency in such a situation was critical given the moment Serbia’s entire society was.
At the same time, a group of a dozen Romanian national minority NGOs and eight members of the Romanian National Council asked President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to publicly condemn Bokan’s statement to the pro-regime Pink TV in which he accused them of being enemies of the state.
Also on Wednesday, the Belgarde Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) said it filed a lawsuit against the pro-regime TV Pink for spreading national hatred in its talk show.
CRTA’s Pavle Dimitrijevic told N1 that the lawsuit said there was a „gross non-reaction of journalists to the obvious Dragoslav Bokan’s hate speech.“
„The journalist never warned Bokan that what he was saying was illegal. This is not only hate speech but hate speech in public space, on the TV channel with national frequency, „said Dimitrijevic said.
They also demanded criminal proceedings against Bokan. Tepic said he would sue him as well.
Vucic has condemned Bokan, saying he adored Romanians, but added Tepic was a liar.
The Public Prosecutors’ office has not yet issued any statement, although the Commissioner for Protecting Equality warned Bokan’s words were contrary to all laws in the country.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/roma-party-romanian-ngos-demand-charges-against-ex-serbias-paramilitary/

La Repubblica: Vucic’s son agent of expensive footballer; Denial from Belgrade

December 1, 2021
Danilo Vucic, the older son of Serbia's President Aleksandar, is currently an agent for one of the most sought-after young football players, Fiorentina's best striker Dusan Vlahovic, the Italian La Repubblica reported, while the President's office vehemently denied the news on Wednesday and said a lawsuit was possible.
According to Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, the daily said that Vlahovic’s agents, allegedly including the young Vucic, were responsible for the Belgrade-born player’s rejection of  ACF Fiorentina’s offer to extend the contract.
The agency representing Vlahovic told KRIK the allegations in the Italian press about President’s son links to the player were untrue.
Vucic’s media advisor Suzana Vasiljevic said she would advise Danilo to sue La Repubblica.
According to the newspaper, Vlahovic’s agents played a significant role in the termination of the contract. They seemed to have bigger appetites.
„We increased the offer several times to satisfy Dušan and the people around him, but despite the efforts, the proposal for a new contract was not accepted,“ Rocco Commisso, the ACF Fiorentina president, said.
‘International Sports Office agency from Belgrade and its director Darko Ristic represent Vlahovic. However, Danilo Vucic has recently been mentioned among the young player agents, according to the Italian paper.
„Danilo Vucic is one of the representatives of the striker, and also the son of the current President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. (Young) Vucic came into the public spotlight after a photo showed him in the company of the people from Serbia’s underground. That made his father intervene amid the election campaign,“ La Repubblica wrote.
Italian sports media also reported that young Vucic was Vlahovic’s agent. The FirenzeViola website said that the President’s son is influential in the agency and a good friend with the young football player.
ACF Fiorentina did not officially confirm reports about Danilo Vucic’s participation in the negotiations as an agent.
Ristic denied any links. „Danilo Vucic was not engaged in the International Sports Office agency in any way, nor had he ever been. So he is not an agent of football player Dusan Vlahovic,“ Ristić said in a written answer to KRIK.
KRIK journalists asked Vasiljevic for a comment, and she replied that „La Repubblica presented the most terrible fabrications against a boy who never, I repeat, never did that job. What is most frightening is that they did not contact Danilo on the topic. I will advise Danilo to sue them because this is a scandal of international proportions.“
She added there was no need for the President and his son to comment on that.
„La Repubblica did not even bother to ask Danilo for a comment; therefore, there is no need for him to respond to something in which he is involved against his will,“ Vasiljevic told KRIK.
La Repubblica writes that during several months of negotiations, Vlahovic and the management of ACF Fiorentina were twice close to an agreement, but both times the agents were dissatisfied.
The last offer was on the table at the end of September. To continue playing for Fiorentina until 2026, the club offered Vlahovic 24 million euros, a buyout clause of 75 million euros (the lowest price for which ACF Fiorentina would sell him) and three million commissions for agents.
The agents did not ask for higher compensation for Vlahovic or better buyout conditions, La Repubblica said, more money for themselves – five million euros in commission and ten percent in case of sale. The club withdrew from further negotiations.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/la-repubblica-vucics-son-agent-of-expensive-footballer-denial-from-belgrade/

Opposition leader: We stand chance in Belgrade and presidential elections

December 1, 2021
The leader of Serbia's opposition Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP), Dragan Djilas, said on Wednesday the opposition would not boycott the elections in April 2022, regardless of the lack of conditions for a free vote, adding that independent researches gave the regime opponents a good chance of winning in Belgrade and the presidential vote.
„Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic knows that, and that’s why he has not yet said whether he will run again,“ Djilas told the Austrian Die Presse in an interview.
Asked about Chinese investments, Djilas said that he did not want Serbia to be a Chinese colony. There was little Chinese investment, but primarily loans financing construction projects performed by Chinese companies that won contracts without a public contest.
„They are building the road and railway network in Serbia, the underground system in Belgrade, the wastewater treatment system for 3.2 billion euros… If the contractor were decided at the contest, the EU would have donated 85 percent of the cost,“ Djilas said, adding that besides the foreign debt Serbia of about 30 billion euros, a contract for another 15 billion euros was signed with the Chinese export bank.
„If we can’t return them to China, it could demand our electricity, telecom, mines, land, airports, as they do in Africa, but also in Montenegro, which had problems with its debt to China. I don’t want to live in a Chinese colony in the middle of Europe,“ Djilas said.
Speaking about European integration, Djilas stated there are two problems – one Serbia and its Government, i.e. Vucic, and those in the EU, which supports Vucic because although there is not enough democracy in Serbia, the state is stable.
He warned that the EU was not putting enough pressure on the Government to secure freedom of the media and the rule of law.
Commenting on the media portraying him as a wealthy, corrupt tycoon involved in various scandals, he said that it was not the media but Vucic’s propaganda media. He said he had filed over 150 lawsuits against those media and politicians of the ruling party for the lies they have told.
„About 70 of them have been completed so far, and all in my favour. But they continue because the fine is a ridiculous 1,000 euros,“ Djilas said and added that he would stop using them because it no longer made sense.
All the money he was given in compensation from the media he sued Djilas gave to humanitarian organisations.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposition-leader-we-stand-chance-in-belgrade-and-presidential-elections/

Croatia logs 3,858 COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths

November 30, 2021
In the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 3,858 new cases of coronavirus and 73 COVID-related deaths, the national COVID response team reported on Tuesday.
There are currently 29,437 active cases, including 2,512 hospitalised patients, 314 of whom are on ventilators, while 22,894 people are self-isolating.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a total of 608,205 cases of coronavirus have been registered and the death toll stands at 10,899.
A total of 567,869 people have recovered, including 4,239 over the past 24 hours.
A total of 3,449,298 persons have been tested to date, including 12,071 in the past 24 hours.
As of 29 November, a total of 4,131,658 vaccine doses have been administered, with 53.74% of the total population or 64.13% of the adult population having been vaccinated.
A total of 2,180,860 people have received at least one dose, while 1,937,416 have been fully vaccinated, which is 57.22% of the adult population.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/croatia-logs-3858-covid-19-cases-73-deaths/

Bosnia reports 846 new coronavirus cases and 30 fatalities

November 30, 2021
Bosnian health officials reported 846 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, along with 30 virus-related fatalities.
The country's Federation (FBiH) entity reported 543 new cases after testing 2,901 samples for the new coronavirus. The entity's Public Health Institute said they recorded 11 deaths caused by the virus.
The Republika Srpska (RS) region said they registered 223 new cases of the disease after testing 663 suspected samples. This entity also reported having 18 fatalities over the last 24 hours.
Brcko District health officials said they recorded 80 new coronavirus cases along with one fatality.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/bosnia-reports-846-new-coronavirus-cases-and-30-fatalities/

Serbia's coronavirus update: 54 deaths, 2,272 new cases

November 30, 2021
The Serbian Health Ministry said in its daily 3:00 pm bulletin on Tuesday that 54 people died of coronavirus-related ailments over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 11,691.
It said that 16,858 people had been tested over the previous 24 hours, including 2,272 who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The total number of people tested to date stands at 6,814,207 with 1,254,845 confirmed cases.
The bulletin said that there are 3,996 hospitalized cases, including 199 patients on ventilators.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-coronavirus-update-54-deaths-2272-new-cases/

Prof. David Pettigrew: It's important not to appease secessionist goals in BiH

November 30, 2021
The divisive rhetoric coming from the leadership in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity should be taken seriously and the international community should not appease secessionist goals in the country but rather take “decisive action” to respond to threats to peace, professor of philosophy and Holocaust and genocide studies at Southern Connecticut State University, David Pettigrew, told N1.
Pettigrew commented on the ongoing political crisis in the country over recent moves by BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik, who is also the leader of the ruling party in the Serb-majority RS entity.
Dodik has been working towards rolling back post-war reforms which led to the establishment of numerous state institutions, including the army, indirect taxation authority and judicial institutions. He announced that the RS will unilaterally withdraw from those institutions and form its own, separate ones.
Pettigrew noted that such divisive rhetoric could be heard in Bosnia, especially from the RS, throughout the past decade and that the international community should have reacted more directly and urgently to these “threats to peace.”
“So I think that it was true ten years ago and it is true now – that there needs to be decisive action,” he said.
The reason such action did not take place is a “combination of many things,” he said, but argued that it was primarily the fact that the international community, most notably the European Union, “wanted to give Bosnia a chance to solve its own problems.”
“That seemed to me already unrealistic because of the structure of Dayton (Peace Agreement) and the ability of any group to declare that something is endangering its vital interests and to veto efforts towards unification, collaboration and a multicultural unified Bosnia in the future,” he said.
Pettigrew spoke about the role Moscow is playing in Bosnia, noting that Russia’s latest manoeuvre to block the current High Representative, Christian Schmidt, from speaking at the recent UN Security Council session on BiH was “just the most recent development in Russia’s efforts to undermine Bosnia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.”
Dodik’s statements should be taken seriously and “it’s important not to appease the secessionist goals of Republika Srpska,” he said.
Those goals would be “the accomplishment of genocidal goals on which Republika Srpska was founded in 1992,” he added.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/zdravlje/prof-david-pettigrew-its-important-not-to-appease-secessionist-goals-in-bih/

UK Spec Rep for Sexual Violence in Conflict speaks to survivors in Bosnia

November 30, 2021
The UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, visited a safe house for survivors of gender-based violence in the Bosnian city of Zenica on Tuesday and spoke to survivors as part of a campaign against sexual violence in BiH, calling for further action on ensuring rights and needs of survivors and children born of sexual violence in conflict are fully recognised.
Lord Ahmad spoke to survivors and representatives from Medica Zenica about the support that is being provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence in the BiH 1990s conflict, a press release by the British Embassy in Bosnia said.
It said that the UK has been “actively committed to preventing and responding to the scourge of sexual violence in conflicts around the world” for nearly a decade and that it is “the only country in the world with a Prime Minister’s Special Representative and dedicated policy team devoted to this issue.”
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss launched a major global campaign to “bring international partners together to condemn rape and sexual violence in conflict” on November 16 with the aim of building a new international consensus to prevent such atrocities, support survivors and hold perpetrators to account.
The embassy statement said that an international conference will take place in 2022 to mark ten years since the launch of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI), assess progress and agree further actions.
Lord Ahmad launched the Call to Action to Ensure the Rights and Wellbeing of Children Born of Sexual Violence in Conflict on November 22 – “a first step in galvanising international action to improve the situation for tens of thousands of children who miss out on education and health services due to restrictions on registration at birth and are marginalised and stigmatised by their families and communities.”
The initiative has already been endorsed by Norway, South Sudan, the United States, Mexico, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict.
The press release said that the UK will work with those endorsing the initiative to “develop the pillars for action and individual commitments” and will also publish a handbook providing expert advice so affected countries can ensure their laws, policies and practices meet the needs of children born of sexual violence in conflict and their mothers.
The UK has actively been supporting community-led action against sexual violence in BiH for years, the statement said, adding that the country has focused on “fighting against impunity for conflicted-related sexual violence by working with judges and prosecutors on improving prosecution methods, and increasing access to justice for survivors, including improving health, legal and psychosocial status of survivors.”
“We work with local and international actors to fight stigma, increase public and media awareness, and to create societal conditions to encourage survivors and children born of war to break the silence. We are particularly thankful to all religious communities in BIH who jointly condemned conflict-related sexual violence by signing the Declaration in 2016, and continuously working in their local communities on implementation of its principles,” it said.
UK activity on this issue currently focuses on protecting the rights of survivors of sexual violence in conflict in judicial proceedings, supporting the implementation of the United Nations Committee against Torture decision on compensations for survivors in BiH, and mainstreaming gender equality in higher education.
According to the press release, Lord Ahmad “praised efforts of governments in BiH, responsible authorities and services, CSOs and religious leaders in BiH for their strong support to survivors of sexual violence in conflict, and called for further action on ensuring the rights and needs of survivors and children born of sexual violence in conflict are fully recognised.”
“We all need to work together to end their marginalization and stigmatization in the society,” the press release said.
Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/uk-spec-rep-for-sexual-violence-in-conflict-speaks-to-survivors-in-bosnia/

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