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Protesters Blockade Film About Serb-Albanian Relations

Protesters carrying Serbian flags and chanting anti-Albanian slogans prevented the showing of a film about Serb-Albanian relations in the city of Nis.


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Wartime Sexual Crimes: A Challenge for Balkan Prosecutors

Prosecutors in the former Yugoslavia must develop comprehensive policies for dealing with sexual and gender-based crimes to ensure justice for vicims, Hague Tribunal deputy prosecutor Michelle Jarvis told BIRN.

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UN Needs to Properly Compensate Kosovo Victims

The United Nations should reconsider its refusal to compensate Kosovo Roma who suffered lead poisoning at UN-run camps after the Kosovo war.

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Aleksandar Vucic’s Broken Promises to America

President Vucic has repeatedly promised to resolve the murders of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in Serbia in 1999, so when he visits Washington, the US must pressure him to finally deliver.

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Balkans Gripped by Chaotic Monument-Building Boom

Hundreds of war memorials have been built since the Balkan conflicts, but some governments exert no control over how much public money is spent or whether new monuments provoke ethnic tensions.

Ethnic Divisions Set in Stone

‘Hero’ fighters, massacre victims and alleged war criminals are being commemorated with new monuments across the former Yugoslavia, many of them reinforcing the disputes that originally led to the conflicts.

Yugo-Nostalgia Thrives at Tito Memorials

Monuments to Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito were installed all across the Balkans, and in some places they are still cherished by those who fondly remember the old state.

Balkan Monuments: The Weird and Wonderful

From Bob Marley in Serbia to George W. Bush in Albania, the Balkans are full of unusual monuments to celebrities and political giants as well as memorials to past conflicts.

Politicians Take Control of History in Albania

A hasty spending spree motivated by political ambition ahead of this year’s election in Albania created a series of monuments to controversial historical figures with questionable aesthetic value.

Interview: A Different Kind of Remembrance

Balkan countries need to develop a culture of memorialisation where different ethnic groups recognise others’ suffering as well as their own, says Sarajevo-based researcher Nicolas Moll.

Investigations

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Arkan’s Paramilitaries: Tigers Who Escaped Justice

Paramilitaries led by notorious Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, fought their way through Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – so why were none of them jailed for his unit’s crimes?

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World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

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How Ex-Yugoslav States Funded War Crimes Defendants

Former Yugoslav countries have spent almost 40 million euro of public money supporting war crimes suspects on trial at the Hague Tribunal, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

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Balkans Gripped by Chaotic Monument-Building Boom

Hundreds of war memorials have been built since the Balkan conflicts, but some governments exert no control over how much public money is spent or whether new monuments provoke ethnic tensions.

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