Semiha Borovac

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Semiha Borovac
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Minister for Human Rights and Refugees
Assumed office
13 March 2015
Prime MinisterDenis Zvizdić
36th Mayor of Sarajevo
In office
29 March 2005 – 29 January 2009
Preceded byMuhidin Hamamdžić
Succeeded byAlija Behmen
Personal details
Born (1955-03-02) 2 March 1955 (age 63)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Political partyParty of Democratic Action

Semiha Borovac (born 2 March 1955) is a Bosnian politician who served as the mayor of Sarajevo, holding office from 2005 until 2009. She is Sarajevo's only female mayor to date and is also a member of the Party of Democratic Action. Currently, Boravac is the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees.


Borovac served as mayor of Sarajevo from 2005 until 2009.[1][2]

She was elected Minister for Human Rights and Refugees on 13 March 2015.[3] Within her first year in office, Borovac met with refugee families across Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4][5][6] On 26 January 2016, Borovac signed an agreement with mayors from cities throughout the country and ministers of both entities, promising to have 438 homes built for families displaced by the Bosnian War of the 1990s.[7]


Borovac attended first the "Ahmet Fetahagić" elementary school and then the "Druga Gimnazija" secondary school in Sarajevo. She went on to university, graduating from the Sarajevo Law School in 1977 and qualifying as a judge in 2000. In 2001 she also qualified as a trainer with the Citizens' Association for Local Development Initiative.

Work background[edit]

  • 1977-1982: Regular collaborators at Trade Union of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1982-1986: Administrative inspectors at Community New Sarajevo
  • 1986-1990: Secretary of Associated Labor Council at SO New Sarajevo
  • 1990-1992: Deputy of secretary SO New Sarajevo
  • 1992-1995: Deputy of secretary IO New Sarajevo
  • 1996: Head of chief’s office for Community New Sarajevo
  • 1996-2000: Assistant minister of justice of the Sarajevo Canton
  • 1998-2000: Proxy at the House of Representatives of Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH)
  • 2000-2005: Delegate at the Congress of Canton Sarajevo, Delegate at the House of Nations of Parliament of FBiH, President of the Bosniaks’ Club at the House of Nations of Parliament of FBiH
  • 2005: During Constitutional Conference of Municipal Council of Sarajevo, is elected on 14 June 2005 to be mayor of Sarajevo (the first female mayor in the history of Sarajevo)

Political career[edit]

  • 2000: Secretary of Cantonal Committee of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA) Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Sarajevo
  • 2001: Presiding over III Congress of SDA BiH
  • 2001: Member of the Commission for Bylaw and Operating Procedure of SDA
  • 2002: Member of the Group for Juristically Questions of the Council of SDA
  • 2002: President of the Labor Presidency of the 1st Convention of SDA
  • 2005: Presiding over IV Congress of SDA

Personal life[edit]

Borovac is married with two daughters.


  1. ^ "Diplomatic Diary: UN official in Cyprus to revive reunification talks". Southeast European Times. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Obama to propose new fuel standards". United Press International. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Semiha Borovac nova ministrica za ljudska prava i izbjeglice BiH?". Radio Sarajevo. 13 March 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Semiha Borovac nakon posjete Srebrenici: 'Ljudi su preživjeli strah i golgotu'". Radio Sarajevo. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Semiha Borovac u čajničkom selu Karovići posjetila jedinu povratničku porodicu". Radio Sarajevo. 27 November 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Borovac u posjeti Izbjegličko-prihvatnom centru u Mostaru". N1 Info. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Bosnia to Build Houses for 438 Refugee Families". Balkan Insight. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.