Bosnian citizens Jakob Finci, a prominent Jew, and Dervo Sejdic, of Roma ethnicity, are taking Bosnia to the European Court of Human Rights because the country’s constitution prevents them from running for presidency and parliament. Bosnia’s constitution – written by peace negotiators in an effort to end Bosnia’s 1992-95 war – allows only Muslim Bosniaks, Christian Orthodox Serbs and Roman Catholic Croats to run for president or parliament. Finci and Sejdic argue that by preventing people from certain religious and ethnic communities from running, the Bosnian constitution is discriminatory and violates key U.N. conventions and European treaties. The court’s decision, expected later this year, will be binding on the Bosnian government.
JEWISH CHALLENGE TO BOSNIAN LAW