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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 25 to 29 January 2010

Wolfgang Petritsch: Property restitution is an essential human right

Wolfgang Petritsch

Addressing the Assembly on 28 January during a debate on solving property issues of refugees and displaced persons, based on a report by Jørgen Poulsen (Denmark, ALDE), Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, Former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina said a serious attempt to define robust guidelines on property restitution for affected Governments and people was indeed necessary. He shared with the parliamentarians his experience in return and restitutions issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina which has managed to restitute 200,000 homes to individuals and emphasized that “the property restitution is an essential human right, a rule of law issue in times of impunity and is an objective in its own right”.