12 Feb 16 Bosnia Misses Deadline on State Court Reform

Despite claims that a draft law on the powers of the state-level court would be agreed by the end of January, no agreement on its powers has in fact been reached.

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11 Feb 16 Croatian Culture Minister Wrote for Pro-Fascist Journal

The future of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic looked more uncertain after a newspaper revealed that in 1996 he wrote articles hailing Croatian Fascist Ustasa fighters as heroes.

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09 Feb 16 Nazi-Allied Serbian Leader ‘Can’t Be Rehabilitated’

The author of a book on wartime Nazi collaborators said that a bid to clear the name of WWII-era Serbian puppet government leader Milan Nedic was likely to end in failure.

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09 Feb 16 Bosnian Serb Leader Postpones Controversial Referendum

Facing growing criticism, the president of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska postponed a planned referendum which was intended to challenge the authority of the state judiciary.

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08 Feb 16 Nazi-Backed Leader Milan Nedic ‘Helped Serbs’

A witness at a rehabilitation hearing for Milan Nedic argued that the Nazi-backed WWII-era puppet government leader helped many Serbs survive the German occupation of the region.

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08 Feb 16 Bosnia Police ‘Not Informed’ About Pressure on Witnesses

Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency said it had no information about alleged pressures on witnesses to testify against former Bosnian Army troops in war crimes cases.

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05 Feb 16 Euro MPs Criticise Serbia’s Welcome for War Criminal

A European Parliament resolution criticised Serbia for staging an official welcomes for a released war criminals and urged Belgrade to do more to find missing persons from the 1990s conflicts.

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05 Feb 16 Croatia Parliament Backs Controversial WWII Commemoration

The parliamentary presidency voted to reintroduce sponsorship of an event in Bleiburg in Austria commemorating the deaths of tens of thousands of Nazi-allied Croatian troops and civilians.

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04 Feb 16 Constitutional Court Ruling Adds to Bosnia's Turmoil

Bosnia's state parliament has told the Constitutional Commission - which has rejected a Bosnian Serb proposal to reform the Constitutional Court - to re-examine the proposal.

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02 Feb 16 Kosovo Reviews War Veterans List After Protest

After a protest in Pristina, Kosovo’s ministry of labour and social welfare said it was checking 3,400 appeals from people whose applications to be registered as wartime KLA guerrillas were rejected.

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01 Feb 16 Bosnian Serb Referendum ‘Can’t Destroy State Judiciary’

Legal experts said a referendum in Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska questioning the authority of the state court and prosecution would not weaken the state judiciary but would destabilise the country.

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29 Jan 16 Croatian Newspaper Loses Spy Claim Libel Case

Croatian newspaper Nacional must pay 9,100 euro compensation to vice prime minister Tomislav Karamarko for publishing claims that he was an informer for the Yugoslav intelligence service.

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28 Jan 16 Croatian Activists Target ‘Reactionary’ Culture Minister

Newly nominated Croatian culture minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic has come under fire for his right-wing politics, his criticism of anti-fascists and his alleged lack of experience in the cultural sector.

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27 Jan 16 Balkan States ‘Face Persistent Human Rights Problems’

Inadequate war crimes prosecutions, discrimination against minorities and poor protection of refugees were persistent problems in the Balkans in 2015, said a report by Human Rights Watch.

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26 Jan 16 Croatian ‘Traitors’ Defy New War Veterans Minister

Thousands of Croatians have put their names on an online register of ‘national traitors’, mocking new war veterans minister Mijo Crnoja, who said he was planning to catalogue enemies of the state.

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