serb-minority-rights-scripted-out-in-croatia-09-02-2015 02 Sep 15 Serb Minority Rights Scripted Out in Croatia

The muted response to the Croatian town of Vukovar’s decision to scrap controversial bilingual signs in Latin and Serb Cyrillic script suggests the EU has lost focus on minority rights, analysts claimed.

crossing-the-balkans-broken-down-bridges-08-14-2015 26 Aug 15 Building Bridges Across the Balkan Divides

Award-winning radio journalist Omer Karabeg has been getting people from warring nations to talk to each other on air for 21 years, but he still believes that reconciliation is a long way off.

rebuilding-trust-in-a-divided-kosovo-town-08-14-2015 20 Aug 15 Restoring Trust in a Divided Kosovo Town

After the Kosovo war, activist Valdete Idrizi realised that reconciliation would only be possible if Serbs and Albanians in her ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica started talking to each other again.

promoting-peace-in-a-country-at-war-08-14-2015 18 Aug 15 Promoting Peace in a Country at War

Croatian activist Vesna Terselic started campaigning for peace when the majority was clamouring for war - and is still doing so, more than 20 years later.

belgrade-roma-families-in-fear-of-eviction-08-13-2015 13 Aug 15 Belgrade Roma Families Living in Fear of Eviction

Roma families who fled the Kosovo war in 1999 are waiting nervously for a European Court of Human Rights ruling on whether the Belgrade authorities can legally evict them from their informal settlements.

kosovo-s-new-war-court-major-challenges-ahead-08-11-2015 12 Aug 15 Kosovo’s New War Court: Major Challenges Ahead

MPs in Pristina finally voted to set up the court to try Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, but protecting witnesses and assembling strong enough evidence to convict suspects could be formidable challenges.

bosnian-refugees-homeland-holidays-marred-by-tensions-08-11-2015 11 Aug 15 Bosnian Refugees’ Homeland Holidays Marred by Tensions

Some 20,000 Bosniak refugees return to the Serb-dominated town of Prijedor each summer, boosting local businesses - but hopes of economic improvement have been threatened by a flare-up of ethnic tensions.

our-hero-your-killer-a-sarajevo-story-08-10-2015 10 Aug 15 Our Hero, Your Killer: A Sarajevo Story

Public denial of crimes against Serbs by the Bosnian Army in besieged Sarajevo shows that rival interpretations of the wartime past remain hard to reconcile, historian Nicolas Moll tells BIRN.

nationalist-commemorations-threaten-balkan-reconciliation-08-07-2015 07 Aug 15 Nationalist Commemorations Threaten Balkan Reconciliation

Recent events commemorating the region’s violent past have pitched several former Yugoslav countries into a nationalist frenzy, casting a shadow over hopes for reconciliation.

children-s-killers-in-refugee-bombing-go-unpunished-08-06-2015 07 Aug 15 Children’s Killers in Refugee Bombing Go Unpunished

Twenty years after Croatian planes bombed a column of Serb refugees, killing four children and five adults near Bosanski Petrovac in Bosnia during military Operation Storm, no one has been prosecuted.

how-will-special-kosovo-court-work--08-05-2015 06 Aug 15 Kosovo’s New War Court: How Will it Work?

After MPs in Pristina voted to set up a new court to try Kosovo Liberation Army ex-guerrillas, BIRN examines how it will operate, who it can prosecute and for which offences.

operation-storm-anniversary-shows-bosnia-s-ethnic-divisions-08-05-2015 05 Aug 15 Operation Storm Anniversary Shows Bosnia’s Ethnic Divisions

Politicians from different ethnic groups either celebrated Croatia’s victory during Operation Storm or mourned the Serb victims, highlighting divisions that still paralyse the country 20 years on.

operation-storm-childhood-memories-of-a-refugee-exodus-08-02-2015 04 Aug 15 Operation Storm: Childhood Memories of a Refugee Exodus

Twenty years after he fled the Croatian Army’s Operation Storm with his mother, two bags and a single toy, images of refugee convoys and burned-out houses remain vivid in 24-year-old Milos Ivanisevic’s memory.

operation-storm-croatia-s-triumph-serbia-s-grief-07-31-2015 03 Aug 15 Operation Storm: Croatia’s Triumph, Serbia’s Grief

Croatia this week celebrates its defeat of Serb rebels during Operation Storm 20 years ago, but Serbia will mourn the hundreds killed and the 200,000 who became refugees.

serbia-s-deminers-harvest-a-deadly-crop 28 Jul 15 Serbia’s Deminers Harvest a Deadly Crop

An unexploded grenade found on a construction site in Belgrade shed light on a danger that Serbia still faces - undiscovered bombs and mines left over from a century of wars.

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