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23 Feb 18

Bosnia Hopes to Complete War Crimes Cases in 2023

Bosnia’s judicial overseer, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, has backed proposed changes to the national war crimes strategy to tackle delays in processing hundreds of cases and ensure they are completed within five years.

22 Feb 18

Bosnian War Crimes Convict Flees to Evade Prison

Miroslav Duka, a former member of the Bosnian Serb police force, did not report to prison to start his 12-year prison sentence for committing war crimes against Bosniaks and Croats in Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

22 Feb 18

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

New report by Amnesty International records human rights violations in all Balkan countries, and points to a lack of progress in prosecuting war crimes suspects.

21 Feb 18

Balkan Progress on Corruption "Stagnating', Transparency Expert Says

Ahead of the publication of Transparency International's latest corruption index, Southeast Europe expert Cornelia Abel says Balkan countries have barely shifted on the scale, as 'state capture' and weak courts impede progress.

21 Feb 18

UN Prosecutors Object to Ratko Mladic’s Release Request

The Hague Tribunal prosecution urged the UN court to reject Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s request to be released to Serbia to undergo medical treatment while his appeal against his conviction is being considered.

21 Feb 18

Bosnian Journalist Says 'Wahhabis' Assaulted Him

Bosnian journalists' association calls for speedy investigation into Tuesday's attack on Nedzad Latic in Sarajevo, who said a group of 'wahhabis' assaulted him after he left a mosque.

21 Feb 18

Film Star’s Death Highlights Plight of Bosnia’s Roma

The death of prize-winning actor Nazif Mujic, who was forced to sell his own award due to poverty, has highlighted the problems faced by the Roma population in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

21 Feb 18

Former NATO Workers to Protest in Bosnia

Bosnians who worked for NATO and the EU military force in Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold a protest demanding to be awarded the benefits that they claim the international forces failed to give them.

20 Feb 18

Bosnian Charged with Attempting to Join ISIS

Almir Huskic from Sarajevo, aged 23, was charged with attempting to join the radical Islamist group last year with the intention of going to fight in Syria.

19 Feb 18

Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldier Tried for Visegrad Wartime Rape

Former Bosnian Serb Army soldier Vuk Ratkovic - charged with torturing, abusing and raping a Serb woman in Visegrad during wartime because she was married to a Bosniak - went on trial in Sarajevo.

19 Feb 18

Rise in Migrant Numbers Concerns Bosnia

A marked rise in the number of reported illegal migrants this year has worried the Bosnian authorities – who fear the Balkan country is becoming part of a new 'migrant route' to the West.

16 Feb 18

Bosnia Acquits Serb Police Commander of Srebrenica Genocide

Former special police commander Goran Saric was acquitted of involvement in genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 as the court ruled he was not necessarily aware of the plan to murder the town’s Bosniak population.

16 Feb 18

Srebrenica Ex-Mayor to Run for RS Presidency

The former mayor of the town of Srebrenica, Camil Durakovic, will run for the post of president of Republika Srpska in the general elections in October, he confirmed on Friday. 

16 Feb 18

Dodik Sets Sights on Bosnian Presidency Post

The combative President of Republika Srpska has confirmed that he wants the Serbian seat on Bosnia's state presidency – and that, if he wins, he will not work out of Sarajevo but will only communicate with his colleagues via video link.

15 Feb 18

Hague Witness: ‘Arkan’s Men’ Killed Bosniaks in Zvornik

A witness told the trial of former Serbian security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that Serb paramilitary forces led by the notorious Arkan murdered Bosniaks in Zvornik in April 1992.


23 Feb 18

Bosnians Query Goals of New Turkish Lobby Group

The launch in Bosnia of a new pro-Turkish organization, the UEBD, is seen as another sign of President Erdogan’s intention to strengthen his influence in the Balkans.

20 Feb 18

The Russian Threat in Bosnia is Real

19 Feb 18

Splits Wreak Havoc With Bosniak’s Main Party


20 Feb 18

Emigration Damages Bosnia’s Economic Growth Prospects

Economists in Bosnia and Herzegovina raised concerns about the high level of emigration after the International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for the country from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent for 2018.

22 Jan 18

Young Balkan Stars Join Forbes' Under-30 List

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Culture and Lifestyle

13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018