Archive for May, 2014

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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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 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’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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Witness Recalls Beatings by Bosnian Croat Fighter

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

The first prosecution witness at the trial of Nikola Maric, accused of the detention, persecution and killing of Bosniaks in the Prozor area, said that the defendant repeatedly assaulted him.

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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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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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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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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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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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Deadly Yugoslav Snakes Spark Panic in London

Monday, May 12, 2014 Comments Off

Snakes from former Yugoslavia that are allegedly capable of crushing children to death are causing alarm in a plush part of central London.

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Bosnian Serb Fighter ‘Wanted Revenge for Sons’ Deaths’

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

A witness said that ex-fighter Marinko Bjelica, on trial for war crimes in Kalinovik, vowed to commit murder at a school where Bosniaks were detained, in order to avenge his two sons.

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Sarajevo Assassin’s Gunshot Echoes Across His Birthplace

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Around Gavrilo Princip’s home village in Bosnia, disputes over whether he was a hero or a terrorist have raised tensions ahead of the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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Bosnian Plenums Offer ‘New Model of Democracy’

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Edinburgh professor Nigel Osborne tells Balkan Insight that the plenum movement is a refreshing inspiration to the rest of the region on how to transform society from the bottom-up.

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US Arrests Bosnian Croat War Crimes Suspect

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Former Bosnian Croat fighter Zdenko Jakisa was arrested in the US state of Minnesota on suspicion of committing a series of violent crimes against civilians during the 1990s war.

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Serbian Leader to Visit Bosnia in May

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will pay his first official visit to Sarajevo on May 13 – a move seen as a step forward in relations between the two neighbouring countries.

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Bosnian Croat Fighter’s Family Murders Jail Term Cut

Friday, May 9, 2014 Comments Off

Former fighter Zoran Milic, who was convicted killing four members of a Bosniak family in Busovaca in 1993, had his prison sentence reduced from nine to seven years on appeal.

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Make All War Crimes Trials Public, Bosnia Urged

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Comments Off

All war crimes trials must be public, as well as the full names of the perpetrators, while the current practice of ‘anonymisation’ of suspects should end, a conference in Sarajevo heard.

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Trusina Murder Evidence Against Bosniak Soldier ‘Unreliable’

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Comments Off

The defence for former Bosnian Army soldier Edin Dzeko, charged with executing six Croats in 1993, said that witnesses who accused him of the killings were lying to avoid prosecution.

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Bosnia Federation Adopts Anti-Corruption Laws

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Comments Off

Bosnia’s Federation entity has adopted a set of anti-corruption laws, which aim to establish specific law-enforcement bodies tasked with pursuing perpetrators of organised crime.

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World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Comments Off

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

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