Mr. Jakob Finci and Mr. Dervo Sejdić, eminent members of the Bosnian Jewish and Roma communities, respectively, will hold a lecture for the students and staff of International Burch University on Thursday, December 22, 2016 on the topic of "Battle for Equality in an Unequal System."
Wishing to commemorate Human Rights Day, a timely topic that is relevant to all Bosnians and Herzegovians, and highlight the injustice done to the Jewish and Roma populations by the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina (as opposed to the supposed inequality of Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs), Burch Diplomacy Club will host Mr. Jakob Finci and Mr. Dervo Sejdić, who will discuss their individual and collective battles against constitutionally-guaranteed inequality of their peoples.
They will present a chronological sequence of events and activities that led them to sue the Bosnian government, the lawsuit itself, and the effects thereof.
Mr. Sejdić is a Bosnian Roma, while Mr. Finci is a Bosnian Jew so they are unable to hold public office, which are reserved primarily for members of the three constituent peoples.
They sued the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina and won in the European Court of Human Rights; however, the constitution still hasn’t been amended to be in accordance to the ruling.
The lecture will be in Bosnian in its entirety.