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Annex 6: Agreement on Human Rights

Text of Dayton Peace Agreement documents initialed in Dayton, Ohio on November 21, 1995 and signed in Paris on December 14, 1995. The agreement is known as the Dayton Peace Accords. The following text was released by the Office of the Spokesman, December 1, 1995.

The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska (the "Parties") have agreed as follows:

CHAPTER ONE: RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Article I: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms

The Parties shall secure to all persons within their jurisdiction the highest level of internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights and freedoms provided in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and its Protocols and the other international agreements listed in the Appendix to this Annex. These include:

(1) The right to life.

(2) The right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

(3) The right not to be held in slavery or servitude or to perform forced or compulsory labor.

(4) The rights to liberty and security of person.

(5) The right to a fair hearing in civil and criminal matters, and other rights relating to criminal proceedings.

(6) The right to private and family life, home, and correspondence.

(7) Freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

(8) Freedom of expression.

(9) Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association with others.

(10) The right to marry and to found a family.

(11) The right to property.

(12) The right to education.

(13) The right to liberty of movement and residence.

(14) The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms provided for in this Article or in the international agreements listed in the Annex to this Constitution secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.


CHAPTER TWO: THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Part A: GENERAL

Article II

Establishment of the Commission

1. To assist in honoring their obligations under this Agreement, the Parties hereby establish a Commission on Human Rights (the "Commission"). The Commission shall consist of two parts: the Office of the Ombudsman and the Human Rights Chamber.

2. The Office of the Ombudsman and the Human Rights Chamber shall consider, as subsequently described:

(a) alleged or apparent violations of human rights as provided in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Protocols thereto, or

(b) alleged or apparent discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status arising in the enjoyment of any of the rights and freedoms provided for in the international agreements listed in the Appendix to this Annex,where such violation is alleged or appears to have been committed by the Parties, including by any official or organ of the Parties, Cantons, Municipalities, or any individual acting under the authority of such official or organ.

3. The Parties recognize the right of all persons to submit to the Commission and to other human rights bodies applications concerning alleged violations of human rights, in accordance with the procedures of this Annex and such bodies. The Parties shall not undertake any punitive action directed against persons who intend to submit, or have submitted,