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.

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.

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.

bytyqi-case-a-decade-long-brocken-promises-1 20 Jul 15 Serbia’s Broken Promises Over US Albanians’ Murders

Officials again promised to solve the killings of the Bytyqi brothers at a Serbian police centre in 1999 - but their words just echo similar unfulfilled promises over the past decade.

tackle-war-crimes-council-of-europe-tells-serbia 08 Jul 15 End War Crimes Impunity, Council of Europe Tells Serbia

Serbia must do more to deal with its wartime legacy as well as acknowledging what happened in Srebrenica in 1995, Council of Europe human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks told BIRN.

neglected-wartime-traumas-haunt-serbian-soldiers 12 Jun 15 Neglected Wartime Traumas Haunt Serbian Soldiers

Former Serbian soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder say they are being neglected by a state which wanted them to fight its wars but refuses to help them recover.

zagreb-slams-bosnia-over-croatian-fighters-indictments 11 Jun 15 Zagreb Slams Bosnia Over Croatian Fighters’ Indictments

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has described claims in indictments that Zagreb’s forces were involved in wartime crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina as “insulting” and is refusing to cooperate with the Sarajevo judiciary.

the-three-trials-of-momcilo-krajisnik 03 Jun 15 The Three Trials of Momcilo Krajisnik

Former Bosnian Serb parliament speaker and Hague convict Momcilo Krajisnik told BIRN that he has struggled to live with being labelled a war criminal, and wants to clear his name.

from-albania-to-bosnia-brothers-need-arms-1 01 Jun 15 From Albania to Bosnia: Brothers Need Arms

In the early 1990s, Albania offered its help to the United States, which was looking for ways to support the Bosnian Muslim side in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

apologies-only-part-of-reconciliation-process 22 May 15 War Crimes: Why ‘Sorry’ is Never Enough

Leading Serb politicians have apologised to Bosniaks for wartime crimes, but experts and victims say that without more concrete gestures of reconciliation, their words mean little.

bosnia-s-wartime-legacy-fuels-radical-islam 13 May 15 Bosnia’s Wartime Legacy Fuels Radical Islam

Islamist militancy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was behind a recent deadly attack on a police station in Zvornik, was first nurtured by foreign Mujahideen fighters in the 1990s conflict, experts believe.

appeals-court-row-stalls-bosnia-s-judicial-reforms 07 May 15 Appeals Court Row Stalls Bosnia’s Judicial Reforms

A dispute between politicians over establishing a state-level appeals court has halted the country’s judicial reforms and caused the European Union to suspend vital funding for war crimes prosecutions.

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