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27 Feb 15

Strpci: Last Stop on a Fatal Journey

Twenty-two years ago, Serb paramilitaries stopped a train in Bosnia, seized 20 passengers and killed them – and only now is there a possibility that most of the suspects will face justice.

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19 Feb 15

Domestic Violence Revives Bosnian Women’s War Nightmares

Women who were traumatised by rape and sexual abuse during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina have often become the victims of domestic violence by abusive husbands afterwards.

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18 Feb 15

Blood Ties

Sons and daughters of men indicted for Balkan war crimes reveal how the accusations affected them - and why they remain loyal to their fathers.

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17 Feb 15

Kosovar Migrants Trade Misery for Uncertainty

Driven by hopelessness, thousands of people from Kosovo are seeking a better life in the EU, although their prospects of being allowed to stay there are dim.

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16 Feb 15

Bosnian Baby Beats Ethnically-Divided System

The parents of nine-month-old Faruk Salaka have become the first to register their son’s nationality as ‘Bosnian’, defeating a system that insists on strict ethnic definitions.

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13 Feb 15

Migrant Exodus Drains Life out of Kosovo

The number of immigrants from Kosovo is drastically increasing as whole families up and go - threatening to empty Europe’s youngest state.

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13 Feb 15

Bosnia’s Segregated Schools Maintain Educational Divide

The country’s ethnic and political divisions are reflected in its education system, which experts worry is implanting the prejudices of the past in the minds of a new generation.

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09 Feb 15

Memories of Snow and Blood in Sarajevo

Six boys and girls who died while playing in the snow when Bosnian Serb forces shelled a residential neighbourhood of Sarajevo in 1994 were just a few of the children killed during the city siege.

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29 Jan 15

Winter Thrills in the Balkans’ Best Mountain Resorts

Snowy fun on offer in the region’s three best resorts: Kopaonik, Jahorina and Bansko.

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28 Jan 15

Branimir Glavas: A Murky Saga of Croatian Justice

The convoluted case of Glavas, a Croatian military commander and once-powerful politician released after his war crimes sentence was quashed, has revived questions about atrocities committed in 1991.

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19 Jan 15

Hague Tribunal Faces a Dramatic 2015

Verdicts in the high-profile war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic are due this year, while the controversy over the release of Vojislav Seselj looks set to continue.

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14 Jan 15

Albanian School Doors Stay Closed to Disabled Children

Albanian law may guarantee children with disabilities the right to an education but in practice parents face an uphill battle getting access.  

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14 Jan 15

Serbia Blocks Payment to Bosnian Torture Victims

Two detainees tortured at the Sljivovica wartime detention camp in Serbia have not received compensation awarded to them because Belgrade’s public attorney’s office has demanded the case be reviewed.

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13 Jan 15

Belgrade’s Last Refugee Camp Endures Another Winter

The New Year has not brought changes for the Serbs who fled the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and still live in a rundown refugee centre on the capital’s outskirts.

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06 Jan 15

Sparks Fly at Serbian Christmas

There is much more to a Serbian Christmas than a big fir tree - starting with feasts, fasts, lucky coins, a burning log and some mysterious chicken-like noises.