capturing-the-image-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-bosnia-01-19-2017 23 Jan 17 Capturing the Image of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia

Photojournalist Ron Haviv’s shocking image of a Serbian paramilitary kicking a woman’s corpse during the Bosnian war is one of the subjects of a forthcoming documentary about his most significant pictures.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017 19 Jan 17 Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

kosovo-and-serbia-non-cooperation-perpetuates-injustice-01-10-2017 11 Jan 17 Kosovo and Serbia: Non-Cooperation Perpetuates Injustice

The arrest in France of Kosovo’s ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj on a Serbian warrant highlighted how continuing enmity and lack of cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina means war criminals are not facing trial.

bosnian-serb-statehood-day-celebration-divides-country-01-06-2017 08 Jan 17 Bosnian Serb ‘Statehood Day’ Celebration Divides Country

Defying Bosnia’s state authorities, the EU and US, the Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska is staging a lavish celebration of its disputed ‘statehood’ holiday, despite a ban by the Constitutional Court.

the-last-year-for-the-icty-01-02-2017-1 04 Jan 17 Hague Tribunal Prepares for Shutdown in 2017

The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will shut down in 2017 after more than two decades, but a handful of unfinished cases will continue, including the landmark case of Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic.

macedonia-political-crisis-overshadows-ethnic-tensions-12-23-2016 30 Dec 16 Macedonia: Political Crisis Overshadows Ethnic Tensions

For the second year running, the deep political crisis in the country has largely set aside divisions between country’s ethnic Macedonians and Albanians, although several incidents put cohesion to the test.

british-author-set-to-reignite-stepinac-debate-12-28-2016 29 Dec 16 British Author Set to Reignite Stepinac Debate

An important new book on Archbishop Stepinac will delight some and anger others with its staunch defence of Croatia’s most controversial cleric.

montenegro-scepticism-greets-new-war-crimes-probes-12-22-2016-1 29 Dec 16 Montenegro: Suspicions Persist Over War Crimes Probes

Montenegro has been criticised yet again for not making serious efforts to deal with war crimes cases, although the prosecution said it had launched several new investigations in 2016.

balkan-schoolbooks-still-fight-over-kosovo-s-history-12-27-2016 28 Dec 16 Balkan Schoolbooks Offer Conflicting Versions of Kosovo’s History

Shkelzen Gashi tells BIRN that his new report reveals how differently the history of Kosovo is taught all over the Western Balkans - with worrying implications for relations between neighbouring countries.

croatia-historical-controversies-stir-tensions-with-serbia-12-21-2016 28 Dec 16 Croatia: Historical Controversies Stir Tensions with Serbia

Disputes over the legacy of Croatia’s Nazi-allied World War II regime, exacerbated by the country’s controversial culture minister, sparked rows at home and abroad in 2016.

serbia-the-radicals-revival-and-the-missing-prosecutor-12-20-2016 27 Dec 16 Serbia: The Radicals’ Revival and the Missing Prosecutor

The ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party got back into parliament after its leader Vojislav Seselj was acquitted by the Hague Tribunal, while Serbia went through a full year without a war crimes prosecutor.

kosovo-new-war-court-approved-despite-opposition-12-19-2016 26 Dec 16 Kosovo: New War Court Approved Despite Opposition

Pristina in 2016 approved the establishment of a new Hague-based court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, while war crimes trials at home attracted controversy and sparked protests.

bosnia-trials-and-votes-deepen-divisions-12-19-2016 23 Dec 16 Bosnia: Trials and Votes Deepen Divisions

Contrasting reactions to the conviction of Radovan Karadzic and to a Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the state’s authority contributed to a mood of political tension in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016.

bosnia-s-displaced-people-await-electricity-12-15-2016 16 Dec 16 Bosnia’s War-Displaced Families Still Waiting for Electricity

Despite a promise to bring power to nearly 2,000 post-war returnees’ homes within six months, the Guta family still has no electricity and their son does his homework by candlelight.

balkan-war-crime-suspects-maintain-political-influence-12-02-2016 07 Dec 16 Balkan War Crime Suspects Maintain Political Influence

Years after the Balkan conflicts, voters in former Yugoslav countries are still electing people who have been convicted of or charged with war crimes, showing how nationalism still distorts the political environment.

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