Archive for May, 2014

Serbia Finds 27 Bodies in Kosovo Mass Grave

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

The remains of 27 people, believed to be Kosovo Albanians killed by Belgrade’s forces during the 1990s war, were exhumed from a quarry near the south Serbian town of Raska.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

Ratko Mladic’s Troops ‘Didn’t Shell Sarajevo Market’

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

Two former Bosnian Serb Army soldiers told the trial of their wartime commander Ratko Mladic that Bosniak forces were responsible for attacking civilians in the besieged capital.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Transparency Urged in Bosnia Humanitarian Aid

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

As humanitarian help reaches Bosnian flood zones from home and abroad, concerns are growing about whether the aid will be distributed in a transparent fashion.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Parents Demand Children’s Memorial in Bosnia’s Prijedor

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off

Parents of 102 children who were killed or went missing in Prijedor during the 1992-95 war launched a campaign urging the local authorities to finally erect a memorial in the town.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Kosovo Serbs Abandon Election Campaign

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off

Leaders in the Serb-run north have suspended election activities in a row about the composition of election committees and the presence of Kosovo state insignia on ballot papers.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

Kosovo Guerrilla Commander Acquitted of War Crimes

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off

Former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sylejman Selimi and three other ex-fighters were cleared of abusing prisoners at a KLA detention centre during the late 1990s conflict.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

Serb Troops ‘Detained and Beat’ Bosniaks in Visegrad

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off

At the trial of Bosnian Serb ex-soldier Vitomir Rackovic, accused of illegally detaining Bosniaks in the Visegrad area in 1992, witnesses recalled how villagers were seized and mistreated.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Hague Tribunal Frees Bosnian Serb War Criminal

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off

The international court released Ranko Cesic, an ex-policeman jailed for 18 years for ‘depraved’ crimes at a notorious detention camp near Brcko, after he served two-thirds of his sentence.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Serb Fighters ‘Threaten’ Belgrade War Crimes Prosecutors

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off

Belgrade prosecutors and police officials working on an investigation into the wartime killings of Bosniaks said that they have been threatened by former Bosnian Serb fighters.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

UN Urges More Serbia-Kosovo Progress

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off

Belgrade and Pristina must keep working to implement their agreement to normalise relations, the head of the United Nations’ Kosovo mission told the Security Council in New York.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Kosovo Journalists Association Appoints New Leader

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo journalists have elected a new leadership following the resignation of their previous chairwoman.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

EU Deploys 60 Observers For Kosovo Elections

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

Despite the untroubled nature of last year’s elections, international monitors will still be a prominent force in the June 8 elections to ensure that the democratic process is followed. 

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

IDEOLOGICAL TENSIONS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD: A NOT SO COLD WAR

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off

Not earlier than 2011, the Arab world appeared to undergo a historic revolution that was supposed to define Islam in the 21st century, an Islam compatible and at ease with the democratic values of free speech and tolerance. With Osama bin Laden dead and al-Qaeda in disarray, moderate Muslims were set to reclaim the much-maligned […]

This was posted under category: Special Analysis

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Serbian Bloc Eyes Real Power In Kosovo

Monday, May 26, 2014 Comments Off

Prospect of united Belgrade-backed bloc in parliament raises chance of Serbia extending its influence to heart of Kosovo’s government.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

Ex-KLA Fighters Surrender After Escape

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Comments Off

After surrendering to the police, three ex-KLA fighters who went on the run will now face trial for war crimes allegedly committed during the 1990s.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Kosovo Ex-Guerillas on Run After Escape

Thursday, May 22, 2014 Comments Off

After three former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas accused of war crimes during the 1990s conflict went on the run, the Justice Ministry has blamed EULEX for allowing their escape.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Kosovo

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

EU Conditions Albanian Membership on Reform

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Albania will only be able to move forward towards EU membership when it starts showing more progress on its reform agenda, the Council of Ministers underlined on Tuesday.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Albania Parties Trade Blame Over EU Deadlock

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Opposition and government point fingers after the EU Council of Ministers on Tuesday said Albania had made little progress towards membership.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Albania Warned it Risks Missing EU ‘Train’

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

MEPs from the joint EU-Albania Stabilization and Association Committee warned Tirana on Friday to speed up reforms or risk missing out on the integration process.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Albania PM Says Serbia Influenced Organ Trafficking Report

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has dismissed Dick Marty’s report on organ trafficking during the Kosovo war, saying it was influenced by Belgrade.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Key Evidence of Albania Riots ‘Destroyed’

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

Balkan Insight has learned that key evidence shot by security cameras in the Prime Minister’s office during the January 21 riots was destroyed in the aftermath of the protest.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Balkan ‘Mini-Schengen’ Deal Signed

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

New agreement on border control-free travel between Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro brings Balkans closer to establishing EU-style Schengen zone.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans

Albanian Muslims Grapple with Religious Identity

Sunday, May 18, 2014 Comments Off

A Turkish brand of Islam now dominates the country’s religious institutions, as local Muslims struggle to find their own spiritual path.

This was posted under category: Albania, Balkans