Racial discrimination in the democratic system

Sejdić and Finci v Bosnia and Herzegovina (App. Nos. 27996/06 and 34836/06)

Briefed on: 12 September 2016

The case concerns constitutionally entrenched racial discrimination in relation to the right to vote and the right to stand for elections. In 2009, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found Bosnia and Herzegovina to be in breach of Protocol 12, which provides for the right to equal treatment and non-discrimination, in failing to allow its citizens who are not ‘Constituent Peoples’ to stand for election to the Presidency.

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