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10 Jan 18

Bosnia’s Judicial Overseer Vows to Speed Up Prosecutions

Prosecutions of the most significant war crimes, corruption and organised crime cases slowed last year, but the head of Bosnia’s High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council insists that the focus in 2018 will be on dealing with high-level suspects.

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18 Dec 17

Hague Prosecutor: Balkan States Still Celebrating Criminals

Reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia will be hard to achieve while war criminals are still treated as heroes, the chief prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal, Serge Brammertz, told BIRN ahead of its closure this month.

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08 Dec 17

Disabled Bosnians Face Uphill Battle For Jobs

The case of Ana Kotur Erkic, a young lawyer from Brcko, shows that people with disabilities still face stigma and discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

serbia-fostered-culture-of-denial-by-hiding-mladic-11-16-2017
18 Nov 17

Serbia ‘Fostered Culture of Denial’ by Hiding Mladic

Author and journalist Julian Borger argues that because Serbia was not penalised for shielding Ratko Mladic while he was on the run, it helped foster a culture of denial of war crimes and genocide.

agrokor-crisis-may-give-russia-balkan-breakthrough--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Agrokor Crisis May Give Russia ‘Balkan Breakthrough’

Russia may try to its use the huge debts that the failing Croatian giant owes it to mightily strengthen its presence in the Balkans, a Slovenian expert, Borut Suklje, told BIRN.

bosnian-state-court-president-condemns-unfair-criticism--09-29-2017
02 Oct 17

Bosnian State Court President Condemns ‘Unfair Criticism’

The Bosnian state court deserves praise for completing hundreds of war crimes cases, but it still has a “long road ahead” to clear its huge backlog, its president Ranko Debevec told BIRN.

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28 Aug 17

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

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14 Aug 17

How a Bosnian Boy Survived a Firing Squad

Jasmin Causevic was 13 when he found himself in front of a Bosnian Serb firing squad - and despite being seriously wounded, he survived by hiding out in a basement for days.

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10 Aug 17

A Bosnian War Criminal’s Quest for Forgiveness

In a new film, convicted war criminal Esad Landzo seeks out former prisoners who he abused when he was an 18-year-old during the Bosnian war in 1992, and asks them to forgive him.

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10 Jul 17

Ivo Josipovic: Croatia Going in Wrong Direction

Former President Ivo Josipovic, in an interview for BIRN, says Croatia must face its past, promote peace and strengthen relations with its neighbours.

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07 Jul 17

Dodging Death in Srebrenica’s Mass Executions

Wounded by executioners’ gunfire and left for dead by Bosnian Serb troops, Nedzad Avdic recalls how he managed to survive a mass shooting of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995.

ratko-mladic-s-gifts-to-children-chocolate-and-lies-07-05-2017
06 Jul 17

Ratko Mladic’s Gifts to Children: Chocolate and Lies

Izudin Alic was eight when Bosnian Serb Army chief Ratko Mladic met him and other Bosniak children in Srebrenica in 1995, gave them chocolates, and falsely promised that everyone would be safe.

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04 Jul 17

Bosnian Serb Colonel Beara ‘Chose Evil’, Says Author

Hatred, nationalism and loyalty to Ratko Mladic made Bosnian Serb Army colonel Ljubisa Beara a key organiser of the Srebrenica massacres, says journalist Ivica Djikic, the author of a novel about the recently-deceased convict.

wartime-sexual-crimes-a-challenge-for-balkan-prosecutors-06-22-2017
22 Jun 17

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.

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017
16 Jun 17

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.