During his visit to Sarajevo on Wednesday, Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter Szijjarto, strongly criticised the U.S. State Department’s latest report on the state of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, arguing that it represents interference in BiH’s internal matters.
The report warns about serious problems with the independence of the judiciary, restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, violence against journalists, and serious corruption in the government in BiH.
Szijjarto criticised the report after meeting with his Bosnian counterpart, Elmedin Konakovic, who was mentioned in the document over his comments targeting certain media and journalists. Szijjarto defended Konakovic.
He criticised the fact that the U.S. State Department “took the liberty to qualify other countries” and to make statements about “the internal affairs and relations of individual countries.”
The Hungarian FM argued that bureaucrats from Washington tend to form an opinion about other countries based on “one-sided information funded by the US.”ž
“Who will be in power in BiH and whether people in this country are satisfied with what they have should be left to the citizens of BiH, as is the case with Hungary. And it is not acceptable for us that the will of the Hungarian citizens, which they expressed in the elections, is contested by someone in Washington,” he said.
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