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Bosnia Data Contradicts Croatian Claim about Migrant, Refugee ‘Readmissions’

According to the Service's figures, 3,433 people have been 'readmitted' since 2017, the year that migrants and refugees mainly from the Middle East, Asia and Africa began crossing Bosnia in any great numbers. That does not include the thousands returned illegally, so-called 'pushbacks' across the border that fly in the face of the internationally-guaranteed right to seek asylum.

Migrants’ Mass Expulsions from Croatia Raise Legal Doubts

Besides such abuses, experts also say the procedure could be illegal. "There are some doubts over the legality of what we are seeing happening between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of European law," Italian jurist and migration expert Gianfranco Schiavone told BIRN.

Not allowed to seek asylum

‘Donating’ a Child in 20th Century Albania

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Brothers Rifat and Asim, both traders, lived in the Albanian coastal city of Durres in the first half of the last century, Asim born in 1900, and Rifat in 1910.

The older brother married a woman called Hatixhe and they were blessed with 15 children, of which 10 survived into adulthood. The last was born in 1946.

Deportations of Migrants From Croatia Alarm Bosnian Cantonal PM

The Prime Minister of Una Sana Canton, one of ten cantons in Bosnia's Federation entity, Mustafa Ruznic, has sent an open letter to Bosnia's state security and foreign ministers, as well as to the head of the Foreigners Affairs Service, SPS, demanding an explanation for the increased number of migrants and refugees reportedly returned from Croatia to Bosnia based on a bilateral readmission agre

Documentary Dissects ‘Informal’ Italian Policy on Refugees, Migrants

Since 2015, when migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa began crossing the Balkans in significant numbers, Trieste has been a hub for those trying to reach bigger Italian cities or continue deeper into Western Europe.

Serbia: 9 migrants found among aluminum rolls in truck

Serbia's customs authorities said Friday they discovered nine migrants hiding among aluminum rolls in a truck headed to Poland from Greece.

Customs officers on Serbia's border with North Macedonia spotted the migrants on Wednesday during a scan that showed human silhouettes in the back of the truck, a statement said.

Bosnian Serbs Adopt Much Criticised Draft Law Criminalising Defamation

Despite harsh criticism from rights groups, international organisations and the media, the assembly of Republika Srpska, one of two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Thursday adopted draft amendments to the criminal code, making defamation a crime. 

With 48 votes in favour and 21 against, the law will go to a 60-day public consultation period before its final adoption. 

Bosnian Pride Activists Blame Top Politicians for Violent Attack

Bosnian LGBT activists on Monday condemned a violent attack on some of their activists by a group of hooligans on Saturday in Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Republika Srpska, one of the two entities in Bosnia, calling it a clear hate crime. 

Bosnia Women Rights Marchers Attacked in Banja Luka Over LGBT Flag

Participants in the 12th annual women's right protest on March 8 in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, were verbally and then physically attacked because of one of the participants was carrying a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community.

Bosnian Serb Detention Camp System Inflicted Mass Trauma, Says Author

"Detention camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina were intended to inflict collective trauma."

This is how Sarajevo-based genocide scholar Hikmet Karcic explains one of the main arguments in his recently-published book, 'Torture, Humiliate, Kill: Inside the Bosnian Serb Camp System'.

Human Trafficking Victims in Bosnia ‘Need Better Protection’: Report

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, GRETA, an independent monitoring group, said in a report for the Council of Europe published on Tuesday that Bosnia and Herzegovina's has improved legislation to combat human trafficking but it needs to be implemented more effectively to ensure protection and justice for victims.

Sarajevo Pride Organisers Look Forward to ‘Family Gathering’

Bosnia's capital Sarajevo is gearing up for its fourth Pride March this Saturday, which will be held during the Pride Month for the first time and culminate a month of activities dedicated to bringing families and their queer members closer.