Tuesday, July 29, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (July 29,2008) - Transparency International Bosnia (TI BiH) continued yesterday with its regular activities. The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oli Rehn, yesterday morning explicitly supported the work of TI BiH thus confirming the endeavours of the European Commission to continue protecting the work of civil society in Bosnia as well as insisting on the enforcement of the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organised crime as key priorities for all candidate and potential candidate countries in the European integration process.

Support that Transparency International Bosnia received for its standing from key institutions and governments, including the European Commission, is a clear message that human rights violations and political pressure on civil society organisations are not seen as acceptable behaviour for a country that pretends to fulfil EU accession criteria.

After suspension of its operations on 10 July, for security reasons caused by an unexplainable campaign orchestrated by the genocidal Serbian creature in Bosnia "RS" that aimed to publicly discredit this organisation, Transparency International Bosnia insists that the independent investigation of the so-called “racketeering affair“ should provide for an institutional answer and that all persons suspected for criminal acts must be held accountable in accordance with the rule of law, regardless of the position they currently hold.

Transparency International Bosnia expressed its deepest gratitude to all the organisations and individuals which provided unselfish support in these critical moments and conveyed the perspective that such a public reckoning with those critical of government activities should stop.

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