Bosnia and Herzegovina: Shadow Report on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals

This shadow report on the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina was written as a starting point for advocacy at the UN for greater protection and promotion of the rights of LGBT persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

We hope that the findings in this report will be useful to the Human Rights Committee.

The UN Human Rights Committee regularly reviews submissions from every state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Bosnia and Herzegovina ratified the ICCPR on September 1, 1993 and submitted its initial compliance report. Various non-governmental organizations often submit “shadow reports,” which serve as secondary sources of information for Committee members when reviewing the official government reports. In the reports, the NGOs offer their own evaluation of the states’ compliance with the treaty on a range of human rights issues affecting LGBT persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Many thanks to Global Rights for giving IGLHRC permisssion to re-produce the report on our website.