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Round table: New developments in the legislation of the Republic Srpska in the area of civil registration

On 22/12/2010 the representatives of Association “Vaša prava BiH” participated in the round table in Banja Luka, dedicated to the new Law on Civil Registers in the Republic Srpska.  This gathering was organised by the Roma Federation RS and UNHCR.  Apart from the organisers, the round table was also attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Governance RS, Registry Offices, General Administration Departments of the Municipalities in the RS, Social Welfare Centres and Roma NGO’s.

Roma support projects

In 2008 UNHCR and Association “Vaša prava BiH” began implementing project ”Social Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian in the South-Eastern Europe’.  The targeted group under this Project is Roma population requiring the civil registration and provision of personal documents.  In addition to regulating personal status, the Project also allows access to other rights, such as a right to education, employment, medical insurance and social rights.

Birth certificates without expiry term

The new Law on Civil Registers of the Republic Srpska (“RS Official Gazette” 111/09”) entered into force in December 2009.  The most significant novelty introduced by the Law is a facilitated procedure for obtaining the certificates from the civil registers, as well as the provision to use the certificates older than six months in the legal transactions, which had not been the case before.

The citizens can now obtain the birth, citizenship, marriage and death certificates from the civil registers on the new protected forms, which do not have an expiry term.  The responsibility for putting these documents in the legal transactions rests on clients in need of putting such documents in the legal transactions.  Before December 2009 those documents had only been valid for six months.  Furthermore, the Law provides for electronic maintaining of the civil registers and after all Registry Offices have been linked into a single network accordingly, it will be possible to obtain the certificates from the civil registers in any registry office in the RS, or even by internet at the individual requests.

The Law also emphasizes the need to educate the registrars, and provides for accountability when issuing the personal documents by introducing the administrative supervision over their practices to ensure greater security of the documents.  It is also harmonised with other relevant laws that were subject to amending in the meantime (e.g. Law on Local Administration).  The above Law is also harmonised with the RS Family Law, and Amendments to the Law on Citizenship etc.