According to a survey conducted in 2007, there are 76 000 Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), making them the largest of the 17 national minorities in the country. Yet, they are also the most disadvantaged group.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only country in Europe where Roma populations are prohibited by law from holding any crucial high political office, including the office of presidency or being a representative in the House of Peoples.
Extreme poverty, marginalization, prejudice and discrimination is directed against them by society at large, as well as public authorities. Roma are indeed disadvantaged in all fields of life: education, employment, housing, health and access to public services.
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