BAACBH Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Bosniak-American Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BAACBH) would like to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

BAACBH holds true the principles outlined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and condemns “any act committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The disregard for human rights led to genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that eliminated the historical pattern of tolerance and shared experiences from a plurality of religious and cultural groups from which BiH profited and flourished as a multi-ethnic nation in Europe. Although the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the aggression on BiH, it lacks the core principles of democratic governance needed for a stable BiH. In fact, the Agreement has institutionalized ethno-territorial divisions overshadowing human rights and enabling nationalistic sentiments to prevail.

In order to embrace the Declaration’s mission, BAACBH strongly believes that justice is the closure for victims and the only foundation for peace in BiH. Therefore, advocating on behalf of Bosnian-Americans, people who have survived the Bosnian genocide and escaped human rights abuses by immigrating to the United States in search of a better and peaceful future, BAACBH strongly believes a constitutional reform is needed that will accentuate equal rights and democratic governance for all of its citizens.

Therefore, we can not forget about the victims of the Bosnian genocide and ethnic cleansing as well as the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and other betrayed countries and regions who saw “never again” happen after World War II, for their memories are our voices for the future.

Guided by the principles for justice, freedom, democracy, and equality for all, BAACBH is committed and dedicated to “promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedoms.”