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croatia-s-frustrated-football-fans-hope-for-christmas-miracle-12-04-2017
13 Dec 17

Croatia's Corrupt Football World Thwarts Hope of Reform

As corruption allegations and court cases continue to tarnish Croatian football’s image, fans are losing hope that things will ever change in their beloved sport.

the-never-ending-war-crimes-trial-of-branimir-glavas-12-07-2017
08 Dec 17

The Never-Ending War Crimes Trial of Branimir Glavas

After 12 years of being prosecuted for the killings of Serb civilians in 1991 and five separate court verdicts, Croatian wartime general Branimir Glavas is still on trial – and he’s still a free man.

cancer-of-corruption-continues-to-blight-europe-12-06-2017
07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

croatians-struggle-to-regain-property-confiscated-in-wwii-12-05-2017
06 Dec 17

Croatians Struggle to Regain Property Confiscated in WWII

Holocaust survivors and other owners of property confiscated by the Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa movement and then nationalised by Communist Yugoslavia are still fighting legal battles to get compensation.

slobodan-praljak-defending-himself-by-distorting-history-12-01-2017
04 Dec 17

Slobodan Praljak: Defending Himself by Distorting History

In an 800-page document sent to BIRN several months before his public suicide, Bosnian Croat wartime general Slobodan Praljak tried to rewrite history and dispute court-established facts to absolve himself of crimes.

a-poisonous-week-at-the-hague-tribunal-11-30-2017
30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

The nationalistic reactions to the death of Slobodan Praljak and the conviction of Ratko Mladic show that bitterly hostile disagreements persist over the reasons for the 1990s wars and the crimes that were committed.

in-his-final-act-war-criminal-hijacks-court-11-30-2017
30 Nov 17

In His Final Act, War Criminal Hijacks Court

The shocking public suicide of Slobodan Praljak at the Hague Tribunal has overshadowed the significant findings of Croatia’s complicity in mass crimes in Bosnia and has further diminished the legacy of the international court.

bosnian-croats-face-judgment-on-greater-croatia-charges-11-27-2017
28 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Face Judgment on ‘Greater Croatia’ Charges

The Hague Tribunal will rule this week on an appeal from six wartime Bosnian Croat officials who were convicted of involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at establishing a ‘Greater Croatia’.

bosnian-croat-officials-brought-together-by-war-11-27-2017
27 Nov 17

Bosnian Croat Officials Brought Together by War

An economics professor, a karate expert, a TV producer - six ex-officials of the Bosnian Croat wartime statelet Herzeg-Bosnia, now awaiting their final verdicts in The Hague, were brought together by the 1990s conflict.

trial-shows-croatian-money-fuelled-bosnian-croats-war-11-24-2017
24 Nov 17

Trial Shows Croatian Money Fuelled Bosnian Croats’ War

The Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict on six Bosnian Croat ex-officials next week - but the trial has already revealed how Croatia funded the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosnia statelet’s forces while they fought the Bosnian Army.

selective-amnesia-croatia-s-holocaust-deniers-11-16-2017
24 Nov 17

Selective Amnesia: Croatia’s Holocaust Deniers

Despite laws against the denial or diminishment of genocide crimes, the EU’s newest member state has done little to crack down on voices downplaying World War II atrocities.

justice-hopes-fade-for-victims-of-devastated-vukovar-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.

predrag-matic-defending-vukovar-war-was-no-movie-11-15-2017
16 Nov 17

Defending Croatia’s Vukovar: ‘Real War is No Movie’

Twenty-six years after the Croatian town of Vukovar fell, Predrag Matic, who fought to defend it, was captured and imprisoned, and later became a government minister, recalls how the reality of war was a horrific surprise.

ratko-mladic-europe-s-most-wanted-faces-judgment-11-13-2017
14 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Europe’s Most Wanted Faces Judgment

He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since WWII.

war-crimes-denial-is-a-psychological-defence-mechanism-10-30-2017
31 Oct 17

War Crimes Denial is a Psychological Defence Mechanism

States and ethnic groups in the Balkans are still denying that their troops committed war crimes in an attempt to evade moral responsibility by blaming the other side, thwarting the possibility of reconciliation.