Coalition for Equality launched the campaign “Citizen above all – Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination”

312402_105523919629023_874822529_nCoalition for Equality, including UG “Zašto ne” (C.A. Why not) as a member, launched the campaign “Citizen above all – Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination” for the upcoming population census in October 2013.  Press conference announcing the start of the campaign was held in Sarajevo on Wednesday 13th of February 2013 in Hotel Bosnia.

The campaign “Citizen above all – Bosnia and Herzegovina without discrimination” aims to encourage citizens who don’t identify themselves as belonging to one of the constituent peoples or are against constitutional discrimination and the rule of ethno-politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to declare themselves outside the constituent peoples and therefore express protest against discrimination on ethnic grounds as established by the constitution of BiH. The press conference will feature the organizations which are members of the campaign, goals of the campaign and further campaign activities, including the display of photographs of individuals who do not identify themselves with the constitutive peoples and who are against discrimination on ethnic grounds.

Speakers during the press conference included:

Saša Gavrić (Sarajevo Open Center)
Darko Brkan (C.A. Why not, Sarajevo)
Almir Terzić (journalist for Oslobođenje)
Vesna Malešević (UNSA Geto, Banja Luka)
Damir Dajanović (Revolt, Tuzla)
Srđan Gavrilović (Citizen front, Mostar)
Nina Šeremet (Youth initiative for Human Rights, Sarajevo)
Narcis Gečević (Association of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Youth in Norway “Stećak”, Oslo)

Coalition for Equality includes the following organizations:

UG “Zašto ne” (C.A. Why not); Građanski front Ostalih (Citizens front); Youth movement Revolt; Oštra nula; Sarajevski otvoreni centar (Sarajevo Open Center); ACIPS; Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava (Youth initiative for Human Rights); Centar za promociju građanskih interesa (Center for promoting public intrests); UNSA Geto; Fondacija za kreativni razvoj (Foundation for Creative Development); Fondaction “Ekipa”; Evropski istraživački centar (European Research Center); Fondation “CURE”; OKC Abrašević; UG Okvir; Udruženje mladih Bosanaca i Hercegovaca u Norveškoj “Stećak” (Association of Bosnians and Herzegovinians in Norway); Centar za političke studije Sarajevo (Center for Political Studies).

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Coalition for Equality was established to support and unite the voice of all citizens who demand reform of the current discriminatory system of government based on ethnic domination of constitutive peoples. Currently the Coalition for Equality includes 17 organizations of civil society across BiH which gather around the common values and ideas of the Coalition.

The Coalition advocates constitutional reform and reform of legislation on all levels of government in BiH which contain discriminatory elements based on ethnicity. The Coalition also advocates equal legal status of all citizens in BIH with those belonging to constitutive peoples in all areas of government.

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