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October 3, 2013

Bosnia's 'other' census option

Activists are pushing Bosnians to redefine national identities.

Jasmila Žbanić, a film director from Bosnia and Herzegovina, pictured with sign reading 'Citizen First.' Source: Facebook group Budi građanin/građanka

Many Bosnians are speaking out against their country's first post-war census, which some critics say might further ethnic division and promote discrimination. The country has not held a census since 1991, right before a 3-year war that included ethnic cleansing and fighting between the country's three main constitutent groups.
Some are calling on their fellow citizens to reject the census choices. Rather than selecting Serb, Croat or Bosniak Muslim, they are encouraging Bosnians to choose "other" and reject the system altogether.