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.

bosnian-war-crimes-claims-still-trouble-croatia-11-15-2016 16 Nov 16 Bosnian War Crimes Claims Still Trouble Croatia

The political storm caused by war crimes allegations against Croatia’s defence minister again raised uncomfortable questions for Zagreb about its military role in the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

injustice-claims-shake-bosnian-town-of-orasje-11-07-2016 09 Nov 16 War Crimes Arrests Cast Shadow over Bosnia’s Orasje

The recent arrests of ten former Bosnian Croat fighters from Orasje sparked protests, but they also revived bitter memories for a couple who are still seeking justice for the rape and torture they suffered during wartime.

zagreb-s-meddling-in-bosnian-croats-arrest-could-backfire-11-04-2016 04 Nov 16 Zagreb’s Meddling in Bosnian Croats’ Arrest Could Backfire

The Croatian government’s furious response to the arrest of ten Bosnian Croats on war crimes charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina was diplomatically incompetent and will not help the suspects, analysts argue.

dozens-of-lawsuits-challenge-macedonia-s-spy-hunt-10-13-2016 14 Oct 16 Dozens of Lawsuits Challenge Macedonia’s Spy Hunters

The lustration law that sanctioned Macedonians declared to be former Communist secret police collaborators has been scrapped, but dozens of lawsuits are underway to reverse its allegedly politically-motivated decisions.

western-powerlessness-strengthens-bosnian-serb-leader-10-11-2016 12 Oct 16 Western Powerlessness Strengthens Bosnian Serb Leader

EU and US officials indicated they would not act over the illegal Bosnian Serb referendum before local elections to avoid fuelling already heightened tensions – but even after the ballot, they remain quiet.

bilall-kasami-macedonia-s-anti-establishment-party-leader-10-07-2016 11 Oct 16 Bilall Kasami: Macedonia’s Anti-Establishment Party Leader

The leader of one of Macedonia’s new ethnic Albanian parties is hoping to ‘redefine’ the country to prevent any ethnic group from holding too much power.

ziadin-sela-champion-of-a-binational-macedonia--08-26-2016 11 Oct 16 Ziadin Sela: Champion of a ‘Binational Macedonia’

As leader of a new Albanian party and mayor of an ethnically-mixed town, Sela’s speeches, including calls for non-territorial federalism in Macedonia, have frequently sparked controversy.

macedonia-s-albanian-opposition-mulls-united-poll-campaign-10-04-2016 05 Oct 16 Macedonia’s Albanian Opposition Mulls United Poll Campaign

Amid the country’s ongoing political crisis, the ethnic Albanian opposition sees a chance to win advantage by joining forces for December’s elections - but is wary of any coalition with ethnic Macedonian parties.

serbs-allege-school-language-bias-in-montenegro-09-30-2016 30 Sep 16 Serbs Allege School Language Bias in Montenegro

Serb organisations in Montenegro are urging the authorities to end what they claim is officially-sanctioned discrimination against the Serbian language and the Cyrillic script in schools.

croatia-s-wwii-revisionism-terrifying-says-historian-09-26-2016 28 Sep 16 Croatia’s WWII Revisionism ‘Terrifying’, Says Historian

British historian Rory Yeomans, who has researched the Croatian fascist Ustasa movement, says he is worried by attempts by politicians and academics to play down the crimes it committed in World War II.

serbia-s-war-crimes-prosecution-at-a-crossroads-09-26-2016 27 Sep 16 Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecution at a Crossroads

Serbia’s next chief war crimes prosecutor faces tough challenges - improving a deteriorating case record, dealing with political pressures and satisfying EU demands that are crucial for the country’s accession negotiations.

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.

suspicion-shadows-albanian-terror-trial-in-macedonia-09-21-2016 22 Sep 16 Suspicion Shadows ‘Albanian Terror’ Trial in Macedonia

The trial of 37 alleged members and accomplices of an ethnic Albanian terror group that battled Macedonian police in Kumanovo last year has been marred by allegations about false witnesses and police brutality.

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.

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