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23 Jun 17

Croatia Seeks Role in Bosnian Croats’ Hague Trial

Croatia has filed an appeal to the Hague war crimes tribunal, asking to be allowed to participate in the trial of six former Bosnian Croat officials, but prosecutors have objected.

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23 Jun 17

Serb Woman’s Case Upsets Trump Immigration Policy

A US Supreme Court verdict in the case of a Bosnian Serb deported because of her husband’s role in the Bosnian war will make it harder for the Trump administration to remove immigrants’ citizenship.

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22 Jun 17

Bosnian Politics ‘Impedes Justice’, Says Hague Prosecutor

The politicisation of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina has created obstacles to securing justice for victims, chief Hague Tribunal prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in Sarajevo.

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22 Jun 17

Bosnian Serbs Consider Chinese Lessons in Schools

Ni Hao, meaning hello in Chinese, might become a more common greeting in the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska if the authorities bring in language lessons for school pupils.

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21 Jun 17

Hague Tribunal President: ‘We Offered Truth, Not Reconciliation’

The president of the UN’s war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia, Carmel Agius, said the Hague Tribunal established many crucial facts about the 1990s wars, but its job was never to provide reconciliation.

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21 Jun 17

OSCE: Bosnia Boosts Wartime Sexual Violence Prosecutions

Over the past three years, courts and prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina have processed more cases involving wartime sexual violence than before, but more needs to be done, a new OSCE report says.

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21 Jun 17

Serbian ‘Red Berets’ Accused of Bosnia War Crimes

Belgrade’s Humanitarian Law Centre filed criminal complaints against three former fighters from the Serbian Red Berets unit, accusing them of committing war crimes in the Bosnian town of Doboj in 1992.

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21 Jun 17

Russia’s Strategic Plans Failing in Balkans, IISS Says

London-based think tank says Moscow’s bid to establish bloc of four neutral or pro-Moscow Balkan states has experienced major setbacks in Macedonia and Montenegro.

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20 Jun 17

Serbian Official Denies Key Role in Croatian War

The defence lawyer for former security official Franko Simatovic told the Hague Tribunal that a witness’s claim that the Serbian State Security Service was a protagonist in the Croatian war in 1991 was false.

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20 Jun 17

Bosnian Pupils Rally Against Ethnic Segregation in Schools

After preventing the establishment of a new ethnically-segregated school in their town, pupils in Jajce led protests against ethnic divisions in Bosnian schools in general.

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20 Jun 17

Swiss Politician Convicted of Srebrenica Genocide Denial

A Swiss court found Donatello Poggi, a local politician in the canton of Ticino, guilty of racial discrimination because he wrote that the 1995 genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica was a lie, media reported.

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19 Jun 17

Bosnian Kindergarten Overcomes Ethnic Divisions

A recently-opened kindergarten in Gornji Vakuf/Uskoplje is the only educational institution in the town at which Bosnian Croat and Bosniak children spend time together.

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16 Jun 17

Bosnian MP Pushes Genocide Denial Legislation

MP Denis Becirovic said a proposed ban on the denial of genocide and war crimes was needed to show respect to victims and ensure a just society in the future - although it has sparked anger among Bosnian Serbs.

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16 Jun 17

Balkans Remains Key Route for Terrorists, EU Warns

New Europol report warns that the Balkan region remains vulnerable to Islamist terrorism - and remains a well-established route to and from the conflict zones for terrorist fighters.

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15 Jun 17

War Crimes Defendants Unharmed by Hague Jail Fire

Detainees at the UN war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia were not harmed when a fire erupted in a psychiatric unit cell at the high-security jail in Scheveningen in the Netherlands, killing one prisoner.

Premium

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21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

14 Jun 17

Bosnia’s Roma Try to Break Out of Isolation

Business

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23 Jun 17

Agrokor Boss Vows to Tackle Problems in Bosnia

Ante Ramljak says future focus will now be on stabilising operations in Bosnia, where Agrokor’s daughter companies reportedly owe suppliers over 100 million euros.

Culture and Lifestyle

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06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Scattered across the Balkans are stunning little gems of nature or human history that are well worth making a detour to visit.

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks