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Shelter Provided to Migrants Sleeping Rough in Bosnian Capital

The idea is to provide temporary accommodation for migrants and refugees who have previously been sleeping rough on the streets of Sarajevo.

According to the IOM, the migrants will first go through a medical check-up pending registration after which they will have access to shelter, food, medical assistance and other humanitarian needs.

Week in Review: Response and Responsibility

The Impossible

The coronavirus seems to be doing the impossible - making Balkan politicians put petty squabbles on hold and act like statesmen, prioritising the public interest - particularly public health - in an effort to stem the pandemic. In most cases, at least.

Serbia’s Progress on War Crimes Cases ‘Negligible’: Report

The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre NGO said in a report published on Wednesday that Serbian war crimes prosecutors are continuing to issue only a small number of indictments, most of them in cases transferred from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and none of them charging high-ranking suspects.

Bosnian Serbs Oppose Building of New Migrant Camp

Representatives of Serbs who returned to Bosnia's Federation entity after fleeing during the war urged the authorities in the Una-Sana Canton on Monday not to build a tent settlement for migrants in the village of Lipa.

US Judge Approves Extradition of Bosnian War Rape Suspect

The US Federal Court in Missouri on Monday approved an extradition request from Bosnia and Herzegovina for Adem Kostjerevac, who is wanted for trial in Sarajevo on war crimes charges.

Migrants in Bosnia ‘More Vulnerable to Infection’ Despite Lockdown

Republika Srpska had 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection by Thursday, and 23 of them are in Banja Luka.

The country has introduced emergency measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. All restaurants and cafes are closed, and only grocery stores and pharmacies are still working.

Pristina abolishes fees

Tariffs on all goods and products are expected to be abolished on April 1, Kosovo Online reports.
The government made the decision tonight in a telephone session. Ministers of Vetvendosje and non-Serb minority minister, member of the New Democratic Party, Emilia Rexhepi voted in favor of this decision.

Pandemic Forces Balkan Politicians to Get Serious, At Last

"Solidarity happens much more among equals," Sarajevo-based psychologist Jasna Bajraktarevic said on a regional talk show on N1 TVon March 18. She stressed that the countries in the region should rely much more on each other than on major global actors.

Trump will get rid of Kurti?

If Washington's threats of denying economic aid and withdrawing US troops from Kosovo and Metohija do not discipline the prime minister of interim Pristina institutions, Albin Kurti, and in case he does not suspend tariffs, it is not excluded that the United States will pull another trump card - a change of government in Pristina.

Serb Nationalist Chetnik Rally Postponed due to Coronavirus

The controversial Chetnik rally in Visegrad has been cancelled after the Interior Ministry in Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity on Wednesday issued a ban on all public gatherings until March 30 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Balkan States Beef up Borders against Migrant ‘Security Threat’

In a statement on March 3, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles warned against inflammatory language.

"Refugees seeking protection should not be treated as a security threat, with heavy-handed military tactics and language," the organisation said.

Bosnia Voices Alarm Over Prospect of More Migrants

Bosnian officials fear the crisis on the Greek-Turkish border could create more problems for the country, which is already struggling to handle growing numbers of migrants.