Bosniak children in Srebrenica not going to school over Bosnian language

The majority of Bosniak children in Srebrenica did not go to school on Monday after their parents complained about a decision by the Bosnian Serb entity authorities that school finishing certificates should note that they finished the Bosniak language instead of Bosnian as it is officially referred to.

Schools in the entity received instructions from the entity's education ministry to the effect that the entity's constitution says that Bosniaks speak the Bosniak language. The Bosnian Constitutional Court recently contested the regulations, ruling that any nation can call its language as it wishes and that Bosniaks refer to their language as Bosnian.

The head of the Council of Europe office to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mary Ann Hennessey, said Bosnian Serb Education and Culture Minister Dane Malesevic was breaching the Dayton agreement and pursuing a policy of belittling, discrimination and intimidation of non-Serb children in the education system.

Last update: Mon, 13/06/2016 - 15:15
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