BAACBH Celebrates BiH Statehood Day

BAACBH and the Bosnian-American community would like to recognize and celebrate the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Statehood Day.

On November 25, 1943 in a town called Mrkonjic Grad, the Anti-Fascist Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ZAVNOBIH) declared BiH an equal community of Muslims, Croats and Serbs and the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established. We at BAACBH honor the rich history and centuries-old multi-ethnic life of BiH and celebrate the country's vibrant culture and institutions. The prosperity and democratic development of BiH is significant for the overall stability of the Balkan region and Europe; therefore it is of vital importance that the EU along with the United States makes BiH's integration into the European Union and NATO a priority.

The year 2011 did not bring much needed progress to BiH and its citizens. Since the 2010 general elections, the continuing failure to elect a government that would work together towards a multi-ethnic and democratic Bosnia continues to pose a serious threat to the region as whole. Furthermore, the officials in Republika Srpska (RS) are unwilling to work together with officials from either the Federation or the international community in order to recreate a multi-ethnic and unified BiH, a formation that is arguably the only way to achieve peace and the beginnings of a successful bid for membership in the European Union and NATO. BAACBH has made it its utmost priority to strengthen the Bosnian-American voice in Washington, D.C. in order to ensure territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of BiH.