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Flag of Istočno Sarajevo - Image by Ivan Sarajčić, 20 February 1999
Istočno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) is the Serbian part of Sarajevo, located in Republika Srpska. The town was originally named Srpsko Sarajevo (Serb Sarajevo); onn 26 March 2004, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska to suppress the prefix Srpski/Srpsko/Srpska from the name of 13 entities. Marco Tadić, President of the Court, said to the media:
Since the Constitution of the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina acknowledges the equal rights of all ethnical groups, the Court has estimated that those names were discriminatory againts the non-Serbian people.
The initiative for the modification of the names of the 13 entities was launched by Sejfudin Tokić, former President of the Parliament of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tokić found that the return rate of non-Serbian people to those entities was extremely low.
Željko Heimer, Ivan Sache & Aleksandar Nemet, 17 June 2009
The flag of Istočno Sarajevo, designed by the Serbian Heraldry Society, was adopted in December 1998.
The flag is a square banner of the arms, "Gules a cross gyronny of azure and argent". The flag also exists in a rectangular shape (photo).
Ivan Sarajčić & Aleksandar Nemet, 24 September 2009