Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Mourns General Divjak, Defender of Sarajevo

Retired general Jovan Divjak has died after a prolonged illness at the age of 84, Education Builds Bosnia, the NGO he established, announced in a statement.Born on March 11, 1937, in Belgrade, he graduated from the Military Academy, the Command and Staff Academy and the War School. He later graduated also from the French Army Staff School.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

A pedestrian passes a mural depicting doctors in a COVID-19 ward on the outside of the Children's Infectious Diseases Hospital in the Bulgarian capital of​ Sofia on April 9, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Vassil Donev.

People walk through a snow-covered park in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on April 7, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Fehim Demir.

Montenegro Minister Refuses to Resign for Srebrenica Genocide Comments

Montenegrin Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavic. Photo: Government of Montenegro.

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic proposed the sacking of Leposavic on Monday after the minister expressed doubt about the international court's ruling classifying the 1995 Srebrenica massacres of Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb forces as genocide.

Human Rights Worsened in Central, Southeast Europe, in Pandemic – Amnesty

The COVID-19 pandemic saw an increase in state control over the judiciary and media and further endangered minorities that already suffer from discrimination in Central and Southeast Europe, rights watchdog Amnesty International said in its annual report published on Monday.

Montenegro’s Empty Resorts Await Summer Season With Anxiety

Locals in Montenegro's coastal resort towns fear another bad tourist season lies ahead, as most of the resorts on the Adriatic are still almost empty. The country is recording a high number of COVID-19 cases, restrictive health measures remain in force and curfew is enforced from 10 pm to 5 am. Intercity traffic is also prohibited.

Bosnian Leaders Slammed for Vaccine Scarcity as Pandemic Worsens

Political leaders have come under fire for botched vaccine procurement as Bosnia and Herzegovina is hit hard by the latest wave of the pandemic, with another 2,000 infections registered on Wednesday.

A total of 6,598 people have died as a result of COVID-19 infections so far - 531 in the last seven days alone.

US Concerned About Continuing Rights Violations in South-East Europe

The US State Department's 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which was published on Tuesday, warned that countries in the Balkans and south-east Europe have continuing problems with media freedom, censorship and violence against journalists, while officials are not being sanctioned for rights violations.

Highway to Hell: It’s Time Bosnia Rethought Corridor Vc

Last month, the EBRD approved its latest contribution to the project - a loan of 60 million euros - even while both the EIB and EBRD's grievance mechanisms are still examining complaints submitted by local residents who stand to be affected by the project. These complaints contain serious allegations that JP Autoceste sidelined local communities in breach of both banks' standards.

Bosnian Police Hunt for Wanted US Far-Right Activist

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Service for Foreigners' Affairs told BIRN that police are searching for Robert Rundo, an alleged white supremacist who is wanted in the US for inciting a riot and taking part in violence.

Frikom has a new owner

Zagreb - Fortenova Group and Nomad Foods Limited sign a purchase agreement for the Frozen Foods Business Group, with a transaction value of 615 million.

Vucic: the whole nation will get vaccinated

The President of Serbia told Financial Times that a potential restriction on the export of vaccines from the European Union could jeopardize the vaccination process in Serbia.

Serbia Vaccinates Thousands from Region Over Weekend

Some 8,500 business people from all over the Western Balkan region got their first vaccine jab against COVID-19 in Serbia over the weekend

The remarkable initiative was organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia whose head, Marko Cadez, told national broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia RTS that the action will be repeated.