Roundtables in Zenica, Livno and Mostar

Coalition Equality this week visited three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zenica, Mostar and Livno , where they held roundtables and, together with audience present, discussed the position of Others, and amendments to the Constitutions of the Herzegovina -Neretva Canton, Zenica -Doboj Canton and Canton 10.

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The discussion with the audience on roundtable in Zenica, which was held on 23th September, was led by Darko Brkan (UG why not ?) , Damir Banović (Centre for Political Studies ) and Damir Dajanović (Revolt), and on this roundtable, as well as on roundtables that were held in other cities , the focus was on the elimination of discrimination of all the citizens of BiH. All constituent peoples in BiH are discriminated, but Others are in a far more difficult position, and these Others are the citizens who do not identify themselves as members of one of the three constituent peoples.

The participants of the roundtable in Mostar, which was held on 24th September, made a in direct connection of constitutional discrimination of Others with the upcoming census in BiH. Vladimir ĆoriĆ (OKC Abrašević) talked about discrimination against this category of the population, and Serbs also, in the Herzegovina- Neretva Canton , which is in its constitution normatively considered exclusive canton of Bosniak and Croatian people. Darko Brkan and Damir Banović stressed that discrimination of these category of BiH citizens in all the constitutions of Cantons is reflected in the fact that they have no possibility of political participation, active participation in government, and they can not be the Chairman of the Assembly , nor do they have the guaranteed quota as in the Government.

Round table in Livno, held for the 25th September, was also the platform in which direct constitutional discrimination in Canton 10 was connected to the upcoming census in BiH. Boris Brkan (UG why not?), Dalila Mirović (Center for Political Studies) and Zulak Baljak (Center for Civic Cooperation) emphasized that the purpose of these roundtables, as well as the Equality Coalition itself, is to draw attention to the cantonal authorities on this issue, and also attempt to create a partnership with them, so that civil society can play an important role in the constitutional changes.