Category Archives: Legal Aid

Vasa prava BiH in daily newspapers “Dnevni avaz”

Excerpt from the daily newspapers “Dnevni avaz” from 21st April, 2011.

Vasa prava BiH: Assistance to the presons under international protection

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UNHCR Commemorates Roma Day by Urging Governments to Prevent and Eliminate Statelessness

Friday 8 April 2011

SARAJEVO – Today, UNHCR and Vaša Prava BiH commemorate International Roma Day, reminding governments of the social vulnerability and marginalization of Roma people, while encouraging additional efforts in preventing and eliminating statelessness.

As a marginalized community, Roma encounter obstacles in exercising their fundamental human rights. Many are absent from birth registries, and therefore, do not possess identification documents. Without such, individuals are unable to exercise their social, political, health, education, and employment rights. Consequently, this poses a substantial obstacle for Roma social integration, increasing the risk for statelessness.

“It is important that on International Roma Day we invite all competent authorities to eliminate the difficulties that Roma face in access to civil documentation and basic human rights. UNHCR would particularly like to highlight problems encountered by most vulnerable Roma individuals, including pregnant women and children, particularly in the area of healthcare access,” says Scott Pohl, Senior UNHCR Protection Officer in Sarajevo, BiH.