Archive for the ‘Bosnia Hertegovina’ Category

Bosniak Cleared of Killing Serbs Near Bratunac

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off

Former Bosnian Army soldier Nezir Merdzic was acquitted of killing three Serb civilians in June 1992 due to a lack of evidence against him.

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Wartime Weapons Revealed in Bosnia Floods

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off

Leftover weapons from the 1992-5 war in Bosnia have started emerging as the flood water recedes – proving that many people kept hold of their arsenals after the conflict ended.

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Kotor-Varos Crimes Trial Opens in Sarajevo

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

The trial of seven indictees charged with crimes in Kotor-Varos begins with the reading of indictment and presentation of introductory statements by the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Defence teams.

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Flood Relief Solidarity Trumps Ethnic Divisions

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

Floods and landslides in Bosnia prompted people to put aside ethnic differences and highlighted what is widely seen as a failure of nationalist politics.

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Dzevad Zec Acquitted of Killing Serb

Monday, May 26, 2014 Comments Off

The District Court in Banja Luka acquitted Devad Zec of having killed a Serb civilian in Vasiljevici, a hamlet near Kotor Varos.

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Mladic Knew of Batko’s Crimes in Grbavica

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Comments Off

The trial of Ratko Mladic continued with testimony by Defence witness Branko Radan, who admitted that crimes were committed against Bosniaks and Croats in the Grbavica neighbourhood of Sarajevo, but denied that Serbian authorities deported them.

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Bosnia’s Child Soldiers Abandoned by the State

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

An estimated 2,000 children fought in the 1992-95 Bosnian war, sometimes in horrific conditions on the frontlines, but their efforts to win special state benefits have been rejected.

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Bosnian Serb Forces ‘Never Targeted Sarajevo Civilians’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

Former Bosnian Serb Army officer Predrag Trapara testified in the defence of his ex-commander Ratko Mladic in The Hague, saying that his unit did not intentionally fire on civilians.

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Ratko Mladic Begins War Crimes Defence

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

Former Bosnian Serb Army chief Mladic has begun his defence at the Hague Tribunal against charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Bosnian Court Frees Srebrenica Genocide Convict

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

The state court ordered the release of former Bosnian Serb special policeman Zeljko Ivanovic, jailed for assisting the Srebrenica genocide, because the wrong criminal code was used at his trial.

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Bosnian Serb Prisoners ‘Beaten Before Release’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

A witness at the trial of five Bosniak military policemen, charged with crimes against prisoners of war in northern Bosnia in 1995, said detainees who were being set free were beaten first.

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Inzko Highlights Threat to Bosnia’s Integrity

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Comments Off

The High Representative to Bosnia has told the UN Security Council that the work of internationally overseeing the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords was far from complete.

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Attacks on Muslims Reported in East Bosnia

Friday, May 16, 2014 Comments Off

The Islamic Community in Tuzla said Muslims in Zvornik, a town in Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, were increasingly the victims of both verbal and physical attacks.

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Bosnia’s Tuzla Commemorates Deadly Battle

Friday, May 16, 2014 Comments Off

Tuzla residents commemorated the anniversary of the Brcanska Malta battle in 1992, when 37 people died as local police in the north-eastern town fought the Yugoslav People’s Army.

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Bosnia Flooding Causes Landslides, Destroys Homes

Friday, May 16, 2014 Comments Off

Dozens of homes have been destroyed in landslides caused by the unseasonal deluge in Bosnia and Herzegovina while many roads remain blocked throughout the country.

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Bosnia Deploys Army to Rescue Flood Victims

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Comments Off

After several towns were almost completely flooded on Thursday, the country’s presidency tasked the armed forces with helping to rescue people trapped in their homes.

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Mostar to Miss Bosnian Local Elections Again

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Comments Off

After Bosnia’s parliament failed to agree on changes to the electoral law for Mostar, it appears that the city will again miss out on local elections due in October.

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Flooding Hits Several Parts of Bosnia

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Comments Off

Buildings and farmland have been flooded in Bosnia after heavy rain caused many rivers to overflow.

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Bosnia’s Hadzici Feels Wartime Pain, 22 Years On

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Comments Off

With 90 people still missing since the conflict and the abuse of wartime prisoners largely unpunished, victims’ families in the town of Hadzici say they’re losing hope of seeing justice.

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Serb Fighters ‘Abducted and Raped’ Women in Visegrad

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Comments Off

A witness told the war crimes trial of Bosnian Serb ex-soldier Vitomir Rackovic that her sister said that she and others were raped by Serb fighters in the Visegrad area in 1992.

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Identity ‘Mix-Up’ at Bosniak Soldier’s Trial

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Comments Off

The defence for former Bosnian Army soldier Edin Dzeko, charged with wartime crimes against Croats, said that testimony about alleged assault and extortion was based on a mistaken identity.

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Bosnia’s Record on War Crimes Prosecutions ‘Disappointing’

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Comments Off

Bosnian justice minister Barisa Colak admitted that the country had not gone far enough to meet its goals in prosecuting people suspected of crimes committed during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Balkans Need EU Help With ‘Dramatic’ Migrant Influx

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Comments Off

Trpe Stojanovski, director of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative, tells Balkan Insight that Balkan countries cannot deal with rapidly rising migrant numbers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Inzko Raises Bosnian Serb Residence Checks

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Comments Off

The High Representative has raised the issue of residence checks in Republika Srpska in a meeting in Washington, while the Bosnian Croat Presidency member said the new rules had been rushed through ahead of the general election.

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Bosnian Croat Indicted for Prison Camp Torture

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Former Croatian Defence Council fighter Vid Palameta was indicted for alleged crimes against Bosniak civilians held prisoner at the Dretelj detention camp in the summer of 1993.

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Srebrenica Massacre Witness Recalls Surviving Execution

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

The genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb fighter Aleksandar Cvetkovic heard how a young Bosniak survived because the body of a dead prisoner shielded him from gunfire.

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Ukraine Gas Stoppage Threatens Bulgaria, Bosnia

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Bulgaria and Bosnia could be be left without natural gas supplies if Russia halts deliveries via Ukraine, the President of the Russian Gas Society has warned.

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Serbian PM’s Bosnia Trip Highlights Economic Ties

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic paid his first official visit abroad to Sarajevo on Tuesday, aiming to foster economic and political ties with the neighbouring country.

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Bosnian Arrested Over Nightclub Bomb Attack

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Police detained Emir Pajazetovic on suspicion of injuring about 30 people when he allegedly threw an explosive device into a disco in Velika Kladusa after being thrown out of the club.

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Bosnian Serb Policemen Plead Not Guilty to Persecution

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Comments Off

Former policemen Nedjelko Kuljic and Zeljko Ilic, accused of wartime crimes including the torture and murder of non-Serbs in Bileca in 1992, insisted they were innocent.

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Sarajevo Reopens Iconic War-Damaged City Hall

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

The landmark Vijecnica city hall and national library has been reconstructed and reopened 22 years after it was shelled by Serb forces during the wartime siege of the Bosnian capital.

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Why There’s No ‘Truth’ About the Bosnian War

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

Twenty-two years after the Bosnian war began, there is still no consensus in the country about its causes, and because of continuing ethnic divisions, there may never be any agreement.

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Protest Marchers Pile Pressure on Bosnia’s Federation Govt

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

Several hundred people staged protest marches from various Bosnian towns to Sarajevo, where they demanded the resignation of the Federation entity government.

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Bosnia Urged To Resolve Residence Rules

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

The EU, US and the OHR have urged Bosnia’s authorities to adopt a residence law at state-level and assure that returnee rights are respected, following unilateral action on the subject in Republika Srpska.

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Dutch Police Arrest Two Bosnian War Crimes Suspects

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

Two unnamed former Bosnian fighters suspected of committing war crimes during the early 1990s conflict, including the torture and murder of civilians, were arrested in the Netherlands.

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