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HJPC: Protect human rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation

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SARAJEVO, May 28 (FENA) - The High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC BiH) in cooperation with the Sarajevo Open Center organized a roundtable today on the "Legal protection of LGBTI people - between anti-discrimination and criminal laws and practices", on the occasion of May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
 
Hate crimes, legal and contextual framework, case law in the protection of human rights of LGBTI people, are just some of the topics discussed during the roundtable attended by judicial officials, representatives of embassies, police, relevant ministries and the NGO sector.
 
Equal access to justice is one of the basic human rights, which is why the HJPC BiH is committed to respecting it, especially in the context of those categories of society that are exposed to any form of discrimination.
 
In the past period, the HJPC BiH conducted an analysis of cases of discrimination in the courts of BiH, improved the system of collecting data on cases of discrimination and cases of gender-based violence, and in October 2020 adopted Gender Equality Strategy for the BiH Judiciary, on the basis of which all judicial institutions will adopt their own action plans.
 
As one of the ways to improve the current situation, the HJPC BiH sees a more systematic approach to court cases related to discrimination, primarily through the improvement of the database on court cases of this type, but also a unified practice in the approach to resolving them.
 
“Non-discriminatory legal protection and access to justice are among the most effective ways to ensure equality for all. An important step in that regard is the sensitization of the judiciary, which Sweden supports through our partnership with the HJPC, as well as with the Sarajevo Open Center and other civil society organizations,” said Lisa Curman, from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in BiH.
 
The roundtable was organized within the Project "Improving the efficiency of courts and the responsibility of judges and prosecutors in BiH", which the HJPC BiH is implementing with the financial support of the Government of Sweden.

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