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Vasa prava BiH at the UNHCRs Annual Consultations with NGOs

The Annual Consultations with NGOs took place from 28 to 30 June 2011 at the International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland.

For the second time, the Association Vasa prava BiH took part in the consultations using it as an important platform for dialogue and networking, as well as an opportunity to discuss issues at the heart of our mutual concern for refugees, internally displaced people and the stateless persons.

UNHCR’s partnership with NGOs is longstanding and the consultations have been held now every year for more than two decades. More than 320 participants from over 150 NGOs took part in this year’s consultations.

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.

Roma Day-8th of April

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