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.
Paramilitary Veselin Vlahovic, alias ‘Batko’, who was given Bosnia’s longest ever war crimes sentence, became a notorious figure during the siege of Sarajevo because of his brutality.
The impact of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic’s acquittal illustrates the insurmountable distance between the Hague Tribunal and people in the Balkans, who must take responsibility for dealing with their past.
The Hague Tribunal’s acquittal of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic worryingly shifts responsibility for war crimes from commanders to subordinates fulfilling battlefield orders.
Zagreb politicians politely disagreed with The Hague’s acquittal of Yugoslav general Momcilo Perisic but some Croats were furious he wasn’t jailed for attacking their capital in 1995.
Belgrade’s decision to give Hague war crimes defendants more financial support when the country is so short of money says much about the nation’s priorities.
Croatia and Kosovo should not see the rulings on Gotovina and Haradinaj as a vindication of their supposedly ‘just’ wars.
While family and friends prepare for a homecoming for Ramush Haradinaj, there is fear that the ICTY is under pressure to issue a verdict that will appease Serbia.
Once the euphoria surrounding the Gotovina-Markac verdicts fades, the justice system will still have to address the question of war crimes committed in 1995.
In its verdict on Gotovina, the Hague tribunal appears to have come up with a new law, which can only encourage the likes of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
The Croatian courts apply double standards when trying Croats and Serbs for war crimes.
Both communities in Kosovo blame politics for the trial of Fatmir Limaj - though from diametrically opposing points of view.
The trial is about to start in the Hague of perhaps the most infamous character from the Bosnian war – Ratko Mladic, the man charged with the slaughter of thousands of people in Srebrenica.
As the last foreign judicial staff get ready to pack their bags in Bosnia, local lawyers are divided whether they did much good or not.
The plot of “Ustanicka ulica“ [Ustanicka Street] is an artistic interpretation of our reality. That is why it carries some deeper truths than the ones we recognise in reality.
Key dates and events in transitional justice in Serbia.
Key dates and events in the Bosnia war.