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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Law on the national flag

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Law on the flag, 2004

According to the FENA agency, the Bosnia and Herzegovina House of Peoples adopted on 6 April 2004 changes to the Law on the flag and the coat of arms in the same form as adopted by the House of Representatives a week before.
Quoting the Office of the High Representative media round-up, 7 April 2004:

The House of Peoples also adopted changes to the Law on the flag and the Public Attorney Office Law, but in a bit different text than adopted by the House of Representatives requiring additional harmonisation of the texts between the two Houses.

Željko Heimer, 7 April 2004


Law on the flag, 1998

The Law on the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted on 4 February 1998 by the High Representative Carlos Westendorp.
The law was accompanied by a specification sheet flag drawing.

Article 1.
This Law regulates the shape and design of the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as its display at the level of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Article 2.
The flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina represents Bosnia and Herzegovina and is displayed as the symbol of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Article 3.
The flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina is of a blue colour. Right of centre there is a triangle of yellow colour. Running parallel to the left side of this triangle is a row of white five pointed stars in a line from the top edge of the flag to the bottom edge. The flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina is of a rectangular shape. The relationship between the length and width is 1:2.

Article 4.
The measurements and technical specifications regarding the design, graphic presentation and dimensions of the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Annex form an integral part of this Law.

Article 5.
1. The flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be officially displayed at the level of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the following ways:
i) On all buildings of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Council of Ministers and its three Ministries, the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Standing Committee of Military Matters, the Commission of Human Rights, the Central Bank and the Permanent Election Commission following its formation and on any other building of the common institutions or institution which is administered by or reporting to common institutions.
ii) On all buildings of Embassies and Consulates of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
iii) On official occasions of the departure of the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina abroad and on their return from abroad.
iv) On official means of transport used by members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
v) On all occasions of official international visits, competitions and other gatherings (political, scientific, cultural - artistic, sports and others) at which Bosnia and Herzegovina is participating or is represented.
vi) At the border crossings of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2. In all cases referred to in the previous paragraph, no other flag from Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be displayed together with the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3. Official display of the flag in the Entities and unofficial use of the flag will be regulated by a separate law.

Article 6.
Disrespect for the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a punishable offense. Necessary legislation shall be adopted by the Entities within two months from the entry into force of this Law.

Article 7.
This Law shall be published in the "Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina" and in the official gazettes of the Entities.

Jan Oskar Engene, 9 February 1998


 
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