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Rule of law, democracy, and steps towards EU integration - Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve a stronger commitment from their political leaders

Statement of ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies
Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) and ALDA are following the latest development in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a light of the Resolution on BiH recently adopted by Council of Europe.

The latest Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes some progress – but calls attention to the crucial problems over the country's election law, the lack of local elections in the city of Mostar, and war crimes. 
Council of Europe has expresses its great concern about the lack of results regarding the implementation of the Strategy for processing war crimes and completing the process of finding missing persons in BiH.

With this resolution, political representatives in BiH are urged to adopt a new Election Law no later than six months before the General Elections 2018.
For the Assembly, it is highly problematic that the authorities cannot muster the political will to end a
situation where the citizens of Mostar have been prevented for over eight years from exercising their right to choose their representatives in the City Council.

There is a concern expressed over the increasing disrespect for the rule of law in BiH as well as regret when it comes to the decision of the RS not to enforce the decision of the Court of BiH regarding registration of military assists, but also over the decision to hold the referendum on the Day of the RS, despite the verdict of the Constitutional Court.

One of the requests in the resolution is the establishment of a supreme court on the state level or appellate court within the Court of BiH, as well as a new law on High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC).

LDAs and ALDA strongly welcome the EU constant efforts and involvement in bringing the BiH issues into the spotlight, and we welcome the recent election of Ms. Dunja Mijatović to the post of Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe as a highly positive stimulus for the BiH and its citizens.
LDAs and ALDA call upon all political leaders and government representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue to constructively engage in the implementation of the necessary reforms and to fully continue its progress towards EU integrations.

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