National Assembly of RS announced that the decision on the disputation of the Law on Holidays of Republika Srpska before the Constitutional Court of B&H, which declared the Day of RS unconstitutional, is “only political, not a legal one based act, which aims not recognizing legality and legitimacy of RS and Dayton constitutional order of B&H.”
It is emphasized that the holidays of RS are “based on the principle of non-discrimination and universal values, European achievements and experiences and that they are not threatening national and religious identity and equality of any of the three constituent people.”
At the same time, they are adding that it is “unacceptable that the Constitutional Court of B&H, in the process of assessing the constitutionality of the disputed provisions of the Act, assessed the political and historical events for which the 9th of January, in accordance with the Constitution and law, was declared as the Day of the RS.”
Srpska Republika is, under its own constitutional jurisdiction, determined the Day of RS as a secular holiday, not a religious holiday, which was arranged by special provisions of the Act. Day of RS is not linked to St. Stefan and or any other religious holiday, which was confirmed by the Venice Commission.
They are warning that “they will not abolish the Day of RS and they will use all legal and political means in order to defend the legitimate interests and preserve the identity of RS, confirmed by the international agreement, the Dayton Peace Agreement.”
National Assembly of RS shall, in accordance with the Declaration adopted, determine its relationship to the adopted decision of the Constitutional Court of B&H.