BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA | Human Rights Ombudsman presents Annual Report 2019

The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina tabled its Annual Report on the results of the activities.

In the year 2019, the Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the highest number of complaints in the area of civil and political rights including the judiciary and administration, followed by the economic and social rights. Lodged complaints indicate the aggravated access of citizens to the efficient judiciary, employment, or social rights, all meditioned phenomena being often linked to the high level of poverty, corruption and migrations.

Data available to the Ombudsman indicate that the most vulnerable group of population in the current period are youth due to their lacakof employment, and also pensioners, persons with disabilities, single-parent families, children, in particular in some specific situations, such as conflict divorces, and employees in some industries with extremely low income.

The database of the Ombudsman registered 3,218 complaints in the reporting year 2019. The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued 304 recommendations in 374 cases, out of which 105 were fully implemented and 9 partially implemented. In 77 cases some form of cooperation with the Ombudsman was established.

The most important recommendations of the Ombudsman to the authorities at all levels of government and relevant institutions related to the nescessity of taking urgent additional measures aimed at keeping the young and educated people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

When it comes to migrations, there is an increased number of indicators that young and educated people are mostly leaving the counrty which demands urgent measures to be taken in order to halt this process. Bosnia and Herzegovina is still facing a huge influx of irregular migrants ans a country of transit, which requires taking of efficient measures by the authorities in order to improve the situation in this field.


Source: The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina 

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