konferencija hc 2015As a part of Sarajevo Open Centre’s programme for the 16 Days of Activism and the 10th of December – International Human Rights Day, a regional conference Hate Crime in BiH –  Neccesary Amendments to the FBiH Criminal Code will be held on Monday, 30th of November 2015.

Federation of BiH is one of rare territories in the Western Balkans which has not fully and correctly implemented the regulation of hate crime through its Criminal Law. In order to remind the FBiH Government and the Parliament of their duty, we are organising this conference during which the international obligations of BiH regarding regulation of hate crime, experiences of the countries from the region (Croatia and Serbia), and also BiH experiences of regulation and implementation in the context of hate crime, will be discussed. Regional and local experts in the stated area of the Criminal Law will take part in the conference panels.

This conference is immensely important in our effort to convey the message of the necessity of regulation and suppression of hate crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the Federation of BiH, which still has not changed its Criminal Law in the last 5 years, in a way in which it has been done in Republika Srpska and Brčko District. We also hope that we will open the discussion and make the consequences which unregulated hate crimes have on the society of BiH more visible.

Conference is organised by Sarajevo Open Centre on behalf of the Coalition for Combat against Hate Speech and Hate Crimes, in partnership with the Open Society BiH Fond.

Simultaneous translation to English and BHS languages will be provided.

Agenda of the Conference can be found here.