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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Martyn Jones Martyn Jones Labour, Clwyd South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the segregation of minority returnees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

Of the approximately one million refugees and displaced people who had returned to their pre-war homes by January 2005, over 450,000 had returned to areas where they were not the ethnic majority. But there is more work to be done. Some minority returnees still face discrimination in access to jobs in public services and private employment and to education, health and social security. The failure to bring to justice all war crimes indictees has also reduced confidence in the return process. Economic development remains a priority to ensure the sustainable return of minority returnees.

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