Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eyeing Erdogan, Bosniaks Shun Istanbul Mayor’s Visit

Fearful of annoying the powerful President of Turkey, most Bosniak politicians in Bosnia have ignored the visit to Sarajevo of Istanbul's popular mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu.

Hague Court Revised Rulebook ‘Over Karadzic Case Concerns’

Decision taken by majority of judges

From the top of the UN military vehicle a UN UNPROFOR soldier scans the hillside with his binoculars looking for snipers and other military activity during the siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 1994. Photo: EPA/FEHIM DEMIR

Serbia Rejects Bosnian Request to Extradite ex-Fighter

The Higher Court in Belgrade has refused to extradite Osman Osmanovic, who is wanted for war crimes - and is in custody in Serbia - to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is confirmed to BIRN on Friday. This decision can be appealed.

Bosnian Serb City Hosts Rival Protest Rallies

Several thousand people gathered in Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, RS, on Thursday night for two rival rallies, one a protest against the RS authorities and the other a counter-protest in support of RS institutions.

Western Balkans Have Yet to Embrace Freedom of Information

Between January 2017 and June 2019, BIRN journalists submitted 854 official requests to access public documents in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. With the aid of the information gained from these requests, BIRN produced numerous investigative pieces and so exposed wrongdoing by governments, companies and powerful individuals.

Heroes of 2019: People Who Took Action for Positive Change

Adil Amanet and the Husic family. Photo:

In 2019, the migrant crisis hit Bosnia and Herzegovina more severely than it did four years ago when the whole of Europe was dealing with a vast number of people moving towards Western Europe along the so-called Balkan route.

Dodik completely lost his nerves: you jackass, you idiots ... VIDEO

The Assembly of Republika Srpska had endorsed Dodik's interpretation that a document called the "Reform Program" adopted by the BiH Presidency on November 19th does not mean consent to continue BiH's accession to NATO, but merely a plan of measures to be implemented in terms of establishing co-operation with this military alliance.

Bosnian Serb Opposition Demands Minister’s Resignation after Slap

Opposition lawmakers in Bosnia's Republika Srpska called for the resignation of the entity's interior minister after he slapped an opposition MP on Monday during a debate on Bosnia's future relationship with NATO.

Bosnia forms government 14 months after elections

Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 23 formed a new government 14 months after general elections in October 2018.

Receiving a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives, the new government was formed by the country's largest Bosniak, Serb and Croat parties, who agreed to form the government last month.

Bosnia: Radovan Karadzic’s Conviction Highlights Entrenched Divisions

"He deserved nothing less than life imprisonment," said Nura Alispahic from Srebrenica, whose two sons were killed.

The verdict was also welcomed by Bosniak politicians - but political leaders in the country's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity said it proved that the UN court was anti-Serb.

Migrants wander through Bosnia in Balkan winter

Bosnia's notorious Vucjak camp may have closed down after an international outcry, but the plight of migrants stranded in the country while trying to reach Western Europe is far from over.
The tent camp near the northwestern town of Bihac stood on a former landfill and near a minefield, becoming a symbol of migrant suffering as they travel through the Balkans.

Kolinda "won" in Belgrade

Miroslav Skoro won the most votes in Osijek.
Croatian media and analysts have estimated that whoever "wins" Zagreb will also be Croatia's new president, with Milanovic winning 33.33 percent of votes in Zagreb, followed by Miroslav Skoro with 23.37, and the third was Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic with 20.14 percent of the vote.

"Rama betrayed Kosovo"

According to the Pristina newspaper, the main argument is that they believe that the initiative would isolate Kosovo and, if implemented, create conflicts in the Balkans.

Bosnia’s Inching Forward, Despite its Gangland Politics

Even by these standards, though, political developments over the last month have been startling. To begin with, while we do not know the exact contours of the deal that finally allowed Tegeltija to assume his post, it is clear that a breakthrough was made about Bosnia's Atlantic accession prospects.

‘Reform Program’ Fails to Clarify Bosnia’s NATO Ties

Bosnian media on Friday published the controversial document that Bosnia has sent to NATO headquarters instead of the Annual National Programme, ANP, which lays out the next steps toward NATO membership and activates the country's dormant Membership Action Plan, MAP.