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ACBH CELEBRATES BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA'S STATEHOOD DAY
Autor: ACBiH
Objavljeno: 25. Nov 2014. 18:11:41


On this day in 1943, over two hundred delegates from all across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) came together in a town called Mrkonjic Grad and formed the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ZAVNOBiH), restoring the statehood of BiH, and declaring it a country that belongs neither to Muslims, Croats or Serbs, but one of equal rights for all of its citizens.

The current BiH constitution - otherwise known as the Dayton Peace Accords, is a peace agreement that was reached at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio in November of 1995. Dayton Peace Accords ended the war of aggression against BiH, but have also been found in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights for not allowing ethnic minorities to run for the tripartite Presidency and the House of Peoples. To date, no concrete steps have been taken to implement this judgement by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In spite of this, the newly proposed plan by U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier would remove this reform as a precondition to BiH's bid for accession talks with the EU. ACBH strongly agrees with the ECHR ruling and urges the recently elected leaders of BiH to form a government and undertake the necessary constitutional reforms in order to strengthen the democratic development of BiH. Furthermore, the political leadership of BiH's smaller entity, Republika Srpska (RS) has continued to threaten secession and dissolution of BiH, a move not supported by the U.S. and EU and in exact opposition of what ZAVNOBiH achieved and implemented seventy one years ago.

What remains true to this day is that BiH's strength lies in its people and its centuries-old, multi-ethnic fabric. Today, ACBH celebrates BiH's Statehood Day and the efforts of the founding members of ZAVNOBiH with hope that the citizens of BiH will continue to work diligently at eliminating artificial separatism and creating a prosperous BiH that is a member of the EU and NATO. The peace and stability of BiH is vital for the peace and stability of the entire Southeast Europe region, and BiH needs strong leadership and guidance from the United States in its democratization process.

Throughout history, BiH has been a country of unity, tolerance, and a safe haven for multi-ethnicity and ACBH is dedicated to upholding those principles.



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