“The Embassies of the United Kingdom and United States of America are deeply concerned about conclusions reached by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) on Thursday, following information submitted by the RS Center for the Investigation of War, War Crimes and the Search for Missing Persons.  In particular, we are troubled by the HJPC’s call for a change to the HJPC law that would allow for the dismissal of judges and prosecutors without disciplinary proceedings.

The removal of judges without appropriate procedures contradicts key European Convention on Human Rights guarantees and undermines the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).  We believe this would open the door to undue political control over members of the judiciary in BiH by allowing for their dismissal without cause or due process.” (Read the full Press Release here)