bosnian-serb-referendum-risks-reopening-pandora-s-box-09-23-2016 23 Sep 16 Bosnian Serb Referendum Risks Reopening Pandora’s Box

Sunday’s controversial Bosnian Serb referendum, which directly contravenes decisions made by state and international authorities, will undermine the enforcement mechanisms of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

war-talks-grips-balkans-ahead-of-bosnia-vote-09-22-2016 23 Sep 16 War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

The controversial referendum in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity has unleashed passions and language of a kind not seen since the 1990s - with the media in some countries fanning the flames.

spectre-of-violence-hangs-over-bosnia-referendum-09-20-2016 21 Sep 16 Spectre of Violence Hangs Over Bosnia Referendum

Referenda have been deployed as a political weapon in the former Yugoslavia since it started to disintegrate – but their consequences rarely correspond to what their architects intend.

bosnian-mayoral-hopefuls-tainted-by-crime-claims-09-19-2016 20 Sep 16 Bosnian Mayoral Hopefuls Tainted by Crime Claims

Nearly 50 candidates for the positions of mayor or municipality chief in next month’s Bosnian elections have been convicted of, charged with or investigated for organised crime, corruption or war crimes.

bosnian-serbs-seek-to-limit-referendum-damage-09-12-2016 12 Sep 16 Bosnian Serbs Seek to Limit Referendum Damage

Under pressure from the West and Serbia, Bosnian Serb leaders are pondering last-minute options to avert the damage that would be caused by a disputed referendum, without losing credibility before local elections.

yugoslavian-peace-movement-s-defeat-a-lesson-for-today-s-europe-09-09-2016 12 Sep 16 Yugoslav Rock Music’s Doomed Concert for Peace

People’s memories of a huge anti-war concert in Sarajevo in 1991 are being collected for a project which also acts as a warning about the dangers of nationalism in contemporary Europe, its creator says.

balkan-leaders-revive-nationalism-for-political-advantage-09-02-2016-2 05 Sep 16 Balkan Leaders Revive Nationalism for Political Advantage

The increased nationalist rhetoric in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia is a ploy by some politicians to win votes at upcoming elections and by others to distract from economic problems, experts argue.

bosnian-constitutional-court-under-pressure-from-serb-referendum-08-29-2016 30 Aug 16 Bosnian Constitutional Court ‘Under Pressure’ from Serb Referendum

A Bosnian Serb referendum challenging the authority of the country’s Constitutional Court represents “direct political pressure” aimed at undermining the state-level institution, its president told BIRN.

bosnian-war-crimes-suspects-shun-plea-bargains-08-24-2016 25 Aug 16 Bosnian War Crimes Suspects Shun Plea Bargains

Fewer than 30 plea bargains have been made in war crimes cases, even though prosecutors say they often yield information about mass graves or about other perpetrators of atrocities.

bosnian-serbs-divided-over-controversial-referendum-08-23-2016 24 Aug 16 Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

sarajevo-siege-film-explores-legacy-of-trauma-08-18-2016 19 Aug 16 Sarajevo Siege Film Explores Legacy of Trauma

The crew behind ‘Sarajevo Roses’, which has just premiered in the Bosnian capital, say they hope their documentary about how people have dealt with their wartime traumas will help others.

sarajevo-s-firefighters-recall-a-city-in-flames-08-11-2016 12 Aug 16 Sarajevo’s Firefighters Recall a City in Flames

During the siege of Sarajevo, the city’s firefighters battled thousands of blazes while trying to dodge sniper bullets and shells, risking their own lives to save others.

bosnian-war-crimes-convicts-pay-to-stay-free-08-09-2016 10 Aug 16 Bosnian War Crimes Convicts Pay to Stay Free

Bosnian courts have allowed five war crimes convicts to avoid serving their prison sentences by paying a fine, BIRN has found - a practice which critics claim makes a mockery of justice.

bosnian-war-memorials-become-political-battleground-08-08-2016 08 Aug 16 Bosnian War Memorials Become Political Battleground

Depending on which ethnic group is in control, local authorities allow some war victims to erect memorials but deny others - causing tensions which are exacerbated by the lack of state legislation on monuments.

serbian-war-crimes-boast-highlights-prosecution-failures-08-05-2016 05 Aug 16 Serbian War Crimes Boast Highlights Prosecution Failures

Despite Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s claim that his country has the best record on war crimes prosecution in the Balkans, data suggests that Serbia is lagging behind neighbours Bosnia and Croatia.

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