When the Hague Tribunal closes at the end of 2014, Balkan countries’ own courts will be responsible for all war crimes trials, but prosecutions are dogged by politics and differing interpretations of history.
Kosovo has started work on a reconciliation strategy, but relatives of victims of the war and its violent aftermath are sceptical that justice can be done, 14 years after the conflict ended.
About 200 people from Ilijas were killed in spring 1992 following a Bosnian Serb assault on the town and surrounding villages – and over 50 remain missing. Yet almost no one has yet been held responsible.
The former Yugoslavia is effectively still at war, and will stay that way until the countries of the region deal with the legacy of the past, claims Goran Simic, a Bosnian Transitional Justice expert.
Survivors of a 1991 massacre in Croatia say a recent Belgrade court ruling let the Yugoslav Army off the hook - and hope a forthcoming trial in The Hague will do better.
Victims of wartime rape need expert support otherwise, they may live emotionless, robot-like lives, says the neuropsychologist Alma Bravo-Mehmedbasic.
Delays and “missing” documents damage hopes for an official inquiry into NATO attack on state broadcaster.
Twenty years after the start of the war, civilians and former soldiers are still suffering from the horrors they lived through, says Ismet Dizdarevic, a renowned social psychologist.
Announcing Macedonia’s new lustration bill, the coordinator of the ruling VMRO DPMNE caucus in parliament says the left can no longer conceal its opposition behind complaints about bias and transparency.
Some of the victims of war crimes in Croatia have been forced to pay court expenses after their claims for reparation failed.
In an exclusive interview for the Balkan Insight, Judge Margarita Tsatsa – Nikolovska discusses the current hot legal topics in Macedonia, from lustration process to the shape of the nation’s judiciary.
The denunciations of the Humanitarian Law Centre’s report on the head of the Serbian army reveal the strength of Milosevic’s ideology in Serbia today and the politicisation of the war crimes office.
War victims and experts agree that the forthcoming trial of the former Croatian Serb leader has the potential to fill in important gaps in people’s understanding of the conflict in Croatia.
Opposition parties and victims’ families say political necessity, not justice, has had the last word on four war-crimes cases involving ethnic Albanians that date back to 2001.
Bodies of four Macedonians kidnapped in 2001 and found later that year remain stuck in a forensic institute, victims of a long row over their identification and over the identity of their killers.