ICG Policy Briefing on the Constitutional Crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina

July 13, 2012, 3:42 p.m.

International Crisis Group (ICG) has released a policy briefing regarding the ongoing constitutional and political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina called " Bosnia’s Gordian Knot: Constitutional Reform." Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitution provides that two posts within the government the three-member presidency and the parliamentary House of Peoples be split equally between Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs. The European Court on Human Rights ruled that these constitutional provisions violate the European Convention on Human Rights. This ruling pointed out an acute flaw in the country's constitution which has only been further exacerbated by the collapse of the ruling government coalition. Bosnian politicians needs to reform its current constitutional framework; however, reopening the Dayton Agreement and the emotions that doing so will provoke is not a process that can be taken lightly.  

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