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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Roma, Jews face political discrimination

Author: Human Rights Watch , Published on: 4 April 2012

...Bosnia needs to remove ethnic discrimination against national minorities from its constitution, laws, and public institutions, Human Rights Watch said. The 62-page report, “Second Class Citizens: Discrimination Against Roma, Jews, and Other National Minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” highlights discrimination against Roma, Jews, and other national minorities in politics and government...The report also shows the wider impact of discrimination on the daily lives of Roma in accessing housing, education, healthcare, and employment...The main source of income for most Roma families is recycling scrap metals and begging on the streets. Although the government has established an employment program for Roma, very few Roma or employers have participated, because few Roma are officially registered as unemployed. Access to civil service jobs...is hampered by constitutional requirements to fill the jobs based on ethnic affiliations in the 1991 census.

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