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Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, A/HRC/23/49/Add.3, 4 June 2013: Bosnia and Herzegovina

IV. Legislative framework

A. Human rights, equality and non-discrimination

31. Furthermore, the 2009 Law on Prohibition of Discrimination prohibits discrimination on the grounds of, inter alia: sex, sexual expression or sexual orientation. The law also refers to specific forms of discrimination which affect women disproportionately, such as harassment, sexual harassment and mobbing. The Law foresees the implementation of temporary special measures targeting diverse disadvantaged groups including persons with disabilities, women, pregnant women, civilian victims of war, displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers. It also establishes administrative and court procedures for non-compliance with the law, and identifies the Institute of the Ombudsman as the lead institution to implement the law.

32. The Law on Gender Equality was adopted in 2003 and amended in 2009. It is based on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, advocating for gender equality in the private and public spheres, and prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sex or sexual orientation. The Law establishes specific provisions vis à vis discrimination against women in education, employment, social and health care, sports, culture, public life and the media. It also differentiates between direct and indirect gender-based discrimination.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRVAW-Bosnia and Herzegovina-2013-eng