Anti-discrimination law updated – great step forward in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In a very welcome update from Bosnia and Herzegovina, ILGA-Europe have learned that LGBTI people are to be better protected thanks to updates to anti-discrimination legislation.

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This afternoon (14 July 2016), the House of the Peoples adopted amendments to the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination. Sexual orientation and gender identity were more accurately defined in local languages by the new amendments. In addition to these changes, sex characteristics was explicitly added to the list of protected grounds. These amendments had previously been approved by the Representatives House in early July.

This means that intersex people will now be protected by law from discrimination in all spheres of life.

ILGA-Europe send our warm congratulations to our member organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina who have dedicated many years to this campaign. Their hard work has all paid off today.

The introduction of these anti-discrimination legislative changes is a visible step forward under Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU accession commitments. These amendments also follow other recent positive laws and policy developments, including the adoption of hate crime laws in Federation of BiH and LGBTI-inclusive equality plans, both at state and at federal level.

ILGA-Europe are very keen to see these new amendments, law and policies being brought to life and implemented in full, for the benefit of all LGBTI people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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