Presentation of campaign ‘Be citizen before everything- for Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination!’
In Sarajevo on 13th February 2013 was held a press conference and speaker’s platform by coalition ‘Equality’. This was an opportunity for presentation of the campaign ‘Be citizen before everything- for Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination!’. At the speaker’s platform was discussed motives, aims of the campaign as well as how to join it. Coalition was formed in December of 2012 and consists of 17 organizations from civil society form Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Banja Luka and Prijedor.
Aim of coalition ‘Equality’ is abolition of constitutional and legal discrimination based on ethnicity and equalizing of the rights of others with the rights of constitutive groups. At the presentation of the campaign participated prof. Besim Spahić (Faculty of Political Science, Sarajevo); Darko Brkan (UG Why Not, Sarajevo); Saša Gavrić (Center for Political Studies); Almir Terzić (journalist from Oslobođenje); Vesna Malećević (UNSA Gettho, Banja luka); Damir Dajanović (Revolt, Tuzla); Srđan Gavrilović (Citizen’s Front of the Others, Mostar); Nina Šeremet (Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Sarajevo); Narcis Gečević (Assembly of Young Bosnians and Herzegovinians in Norway, Oslo).
Campaign ‘’Be citizen before everything- for Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination!’ will focus on upcoming census in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an aim to encourage all of those against constitutional discrimination to vocalize their dissatisfaction by not filling ethnical/ national bullet in ‘constitutive’ categories. On this way we want to show that in Bosnia and Herzegovina lives waste number of those who do not recognize themselves in constitutive or ethnical categories at all and who are discriminated because of that and want it to change.
During the speaker’s platform it is emphasized that many citizens consider current Constitution as discriminatory and that census is a way to reach constitutive reform, because it will show that exist a group who want changes of social arrangements and equal rights as members of three constitutive groups.