The forth and the last seminar for the judiciary on European equality and anti-discrimination standards was completed in Blagaj. The objective of the seminar was to provide the participants with an opportunity to exchange views and to discuss particular issues of discrimination cases and to share practices and experiences. The primary focus of the participating judges from Bosnia and Herzegovina was to clarify the particular stage of shifting the burden of proof from the claimant to the defendant, as well as to use other non-judicial sources, such as reports and findings by the equality institutions and civil society to ensure equality.
The seminar was organised from 24 to 25 May following a seminar held in Trebinje on 26 to 27 April within the framework of the Action implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Strengthening the Human Rights Ombudsman to Fight Discrimination”. This is part of the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe called “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”. A three-year programme (May 2016 – May 2019), focusing on three themes: ensuring justice, fighting corruption, economic crime and organised crime, as well as combating discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups.