“The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the proposed form tonight in Strasbourg. The resolution was adopted with 496 votes in favor, 132 against and 67 abstentions.

On the one hand, this document welcomes some breakthroughs, such as the Reform Agenda Agreement, the organization of the population censuses, and the application for membership in the European Union, and, on the other hand, is concerned about the lack of results related to the implementation of the War Crimes Processing Strategy and the completion of the Missing Process.

In the resolution, European Parliamentarians welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the Reform Program for the period from 2015 to 2018, and the determination of BiH to continue with institutional and socio-economic reforms.

The Resolution urges political actors to adopt amendments to the Constitution and the Election Law no later than six months before the general election.

The decision of the Constitutional Court on December 1, 2016 on the composition of the House of Peoples of the PFBiH (Ljubic case) must be urgently carried out before the next general elections.

The Assembly appeals to the authorities of both entities to adopt amendments to their constitutions: it is a sad fact that the RS Constitution still allows the death penalty and that the FBiH Constitution contains provisions concerning the Institution of the Ombudsman that abolished in 2008. It is necessary to make amendments in four cantons of the FBiH in order to guaranteed constitutional rights for Serbs living in them.” (translated from Klix)