Assessment vis-à-vis the EU Guidelines
Result 1.1.1. In 2019, freedom of assembly and other related freedoms remain to be legally guaranteed. The Entities Laws on Association and Foundation are still not harmonized and still under pressure of Moneyval and FATF to adjust procedures with requested standards.
Result 1.1.2. Sanctions are applied in rare/extreme cases, they are proportional and are subject to a judicial review. Generally speaking CSOs are working freely without any pressure even they breach legal procedures and institutional requests
Result 1.1.3. Legislation on CSOs engaging in economic activities is sometimes burdensome and limited however the most of CSOs do not have enough capacities and skills to survive at the market. In the most cases of project support as starting input after closing the project budget the economic activities have been also finished
Assessment vis-à-vis the EU CS Guidelines
Result 1.2.1. Prohibited, limited and controlled gathering.
There are numerous cases of such approach in 2019. particularly regarding gatherings in Banja Luka (case of David Dragičević) as well as cases regarding solid waste location, building of mini hydro-power stations, violation of workers’ rights, etc
Result 1.2.2. Steady pressure and threat at media.
The numerous attacks and violation of journalist rights are everyday practice of politicians, business and criminal groups
Result 1.2.3. The Law on FOAI is still in procedure.
The procedure for creation and adoption of the Law on FOAI is postponed due to numerous complaints and proposals made by CSOs in the moment of finalizing the document at Ministry of Justice BiH