new-war-crimes-tribunal-poses-dilemma-for-kosovo 09 Apr 14 New War Crimes Tribunal Poses Dilemma for Kosovo

While many in Kosovo resent the idea of yet another tribunal charged with probing war crimes committed in the late 1990s, pressure to agree to the court is proving irresistible.

the-cynicism-of-the-croatia-serbia-atrocity-olympics 04 Apr 14 The Cynicism of the Croatia-Serbia ‘Atrocity Olympics’

By stubbornly pursuing doomed genocide lawsuits against each other, Croatia and Serbia entered a legal suicide pact that cost taxpayers millions and perpetuated pernicious narratives about the past.

war-crimes-and-eulex-s-broken-kettle 21 Mar 14 War Crimes and Eulex’s Broken Kettle

Kosovo already has an EU rule of law Mission, EULEX; the idea to establish another international criminal tribunal for Kosovo to deal with war crimes is both superfluous and absurd.

playing-together-but-still-living-apart 12 Mar 14 Playing Together, But Still Living Apart

Disabled war veterans from all over the former Yugoslavia come together to play at volleyball tournaments – but that doesn’t mean they’re getting any closer to post-conflict reconciliation.

serbia-croatia-genocide-lawsuits-expected-to-fail 28 Feb 14 Croatia-Serbia Genocide Lawsuits Expected to Fail

Zagreb and Belgrade are suing each other at the International Court of Justice, both alleging the other committed genocide, but legal experts and ordinary people believe that neither can win.

war-on-the-bosnian-protests 24 Feb 14 Politicians Play War Games With Bosnia Protests

Politicians in Bosnia have been trying to stir up bad memories of the 1990s conflict in a bid to undermine and discredit the nationwide protests against economic hardship and corruption.

can-serbs-learn-from-israelis-and-the-palestinians 17 Feb 14 Can Serbs Learn From Israelis and Palestinians?

Despite very different conflicts, Serbian, Israeli and Palestinian rights activists say they face common problems: state denial of past atrocities and the task of helping wartime refugees return home.

belgrade-pristina-silent-on-war-crimes-verdicts 13 Feb 14 Belgrade, Pristina Silent on War Crimes Verdicts

The lack of debate about recent convictions for atrocities committed by Serbian forces in Kosovo show that war crimes are still a taboo subject, while victims are forgotten.

the-bloody-past-of-serbia-s-dogs-of-war 12 Feb 14 The Bloody Past of Serbia’s ‘Dogs of War’

Many of the Serbian fighters jailed this week for mass killings in Kosovo were battlefield veterans who previously fought in some of the most vicious conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

eu-kosovo-mission-denies-biased-prosecutions 11 Feb 14 EU Kosovo Mission Denies Biased Prosecutions

After arrests of Serbs and Albanians sparked protests, the EU rule-of-law mission’s head in Kosovo, Bernd Borchardt, told BIRN that suspects are prosecuted whatever their politics or ethnicity.

bosnia-s-biggest-mass-grave-raises-justice-hopes 03 Feb 14 Bosnia’s Biggest Mass Grave Raises Justice Hopes

Forensic evidence from a mass grave at the Tomasica mine near Prijedor, where the remains of hundreds of people have been found, could be used to help punish war criminals.

north-kosovo-on-edge-after-serb-leader-s-arrest 31 Jan 14 North Kosovo on Edge After Serb Leader’s Arrest

The war crimes arrest of Oliver Ivanovic, a former paramilitary turned political moderate, has heightened the mood of tension among Serbs in Kosovo’s already volatile north.

no-winners-in-mladic-karadzic-courtroom-face-off 29 Jan 14 No Winners in Mladic-Karadzic Courtroom Face-Off

Radovan Karadzic gained nothing when Ratko Mladic refused to answer questions at his trial, while anyone seeking the truth about either man’s wartime role was left none the wiser.

yugoslav-spy-boss-case-poisons-croatian-politics 20 Jan 14 Yugoslav Spy Boss Case Poisons Croatian Politics

A bid to extradite a former Yugoslav intelligence official has soured Croatia’s relations with Germany, divided the country, and could still expose some of the state’s best-kept secrets.

war-crimes-justice-remains-key-to-enlargement 13 Jan 14 War Crimes Justice Remains Key to EU Accession

The prosecution of war crimes in the ex-Yugoslav region is still an EU priority, the outgoing Enlargement Director for the Westerns Balkans, Pierre Mirel, tells BIRN.

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