Ambassadors of all EU Member States present in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Head of the EU Delegation and EUSR, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, met today in Sarajevo with Muriz Memic and Davor Dragicevic.
Ambassadors reminded that the rule of law is a fundamental part of the EU integration process and is expected to figure prominently in the forthcoming Opinion by the European Commission on the membership application by BiH. All civil society actors have the EU’s full support in demanding accountability from the authorities in upholding the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In light of the marking of Human Rights Day on 10 December, EU Ambassadors discussed pressures against civic space and freedom of speech in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The need for all actors to act in a spirit of respect was underlined. The Ambassadors commended Mr. Memic and Mr. Dragicevic’s tireless efforts to peacefully seek out justice for the tragic deaths of their sons.
Like all citizens in BiH, Mr. Memic and Mr. Dragicevic have the right to expect thorough and professional investigations into all serious crimes by the relevant law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. Any country aspiring to membership in the European Union must do no less.