While welcoming progress made in a number of areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the adoption of its Recommendation 2025 (2013), PACE remains concerned about the lack of progress in the field of constitutional reform and reform of the Election Law, which threatens the political stability of the country. The Assembly therefore decided to pursue its monitoring of the honouring of obligations and commitments by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“All political stakeholders must shoulder their responsibilities and adopt the necessary changes both in the Constitution and in the Election Law at the latest six months before the next general election in October 2018,” declared the Assembly in a resolution adopted on the basis of the the report by Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL).
The parliamentarians also stressed the urgent need to to implement the Constitutional Court’s decision on the composition of the Federation House of Peoples well ahead of the elections, as otherwise there is a serious risk that government formation both at Federation and at State level after these elections will be blocked. They also regretted that nationalistic and ethnic rhetoric still dominates the political discourse in the country.
The adopted text indicates a a series of recommendations to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to strengthen the democratic institutions, the rule of law and the protection of human rights.