Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/28/63/Add.1, 4 March 2015: Bosnia and Herzegovina
386. JAL 07/02/2014 Case no: BIH 1/2014 State reply: 17/04/2014
Alleged violent disruption of the Queer Festival Merlinka in Sarajevo.
387. The Special Rapporteur thanks the Government for the prompt and detailed reply received to the communication sent on the violent disruption of the Queer Festival Merlinka in Sarajevo. While noting the Government’s expressed commitment to non-discrimination as evident by the adoption of the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination and the Law on Gender Equality, the Special Rapporteur looks forward to receiving results of the investigation carried out by the police and Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office into the events and encourages the Government to take specific measures to ensure protection to organizers and participants of future public events aimed at addressing and raising awareness of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the country.
Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2015-eng-fra-esp
Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Bosnia and Herzegovina-1-2014-eng
Link to the State’s reply: Correspondence-SR-Bosnia and Herzegovina-reply-1-2014-eng