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European Court: Bosnia's Constitution Unfair to Jews, Roma


European Court: Bosnia's Constitution Unfair to Jews, Roma

Europe's top human rights court has ruled that Bosnia-Herzegovina's constitution discriminates against the country's Jews and Roma and must be reformed.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled Tuesday in favor of two plaintiffs: Jewish activist Jakob Finci and Dervo Sejdic, an ethnic Roma.

Both men complained that their bids to run for the presidency and the upper house of parliament were rejected because they were not members of Bosnia's main ethnic groups, Muslims, Croats and Serbs.

The court's decision obliges the Balkan country to reform its constitution.

Bosnia's constitution is part of the 1995 Dayton peace accord, which ended the long ethnic war among the three groups.

The hastily composed constitution is aimed at ensuing power-sharing among what it calls Bosnia's constituent peoples.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.