Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serbs Shut Schools as Coronavirus Precaution

The government of Republika Srpska decided at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday that all schools must close from Wednesday until March 30 as part of efforts to deal with the coronavirus.

All public gatherings during this period have also been prohibited, including concerts, theatre plays and sporting events.

Bosnian Acquitted of Going to Fight in Ukrainian Conflict

The state court in Sarajevo on Tuesday found Gavrilo Stevic not guilty of going to fight abroad, in the first case in Bosnia and Herzegovina against a defendant accused of involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

Bosnian Deported from US Faces Crimes Against Humanity Trial

Former Territorial Defence fighter Milan Trisic will go on trial on March 23 for crimes including murders, expulsions, unlawful arrests and pillage, the Bosnian state court decided on Tuesday.

Bosnia Entity Halts Projects With China Over Coronavirus Fears

The Serb-led entity in Bosnia, Republika Srpska, has halted all projects being implemented with Chinese companies owing to concerns about the possible spread of the coronavirus.

Milorad Dodik, Serbian member of the Bosnian Presidency, announced the move on Sunday to Serbian television Pink, noting the potential economic consequences of the continued spread of the virus.

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.

"This is an occupation of the Christian world, not a humane story"

"Bosnia-Herzegovina can only defend itself from refugees by changing its policy. We need to think about this problem in advance, not when we are confronted with them. We do not want a hard border on the Drina River, there are smarter ways of dealing with this issue. We can see what we can do further, in cooperation with Serbia.

International Women’s Day Marked Across Balkans

Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Croatia staged rallies on International Women's Day, opposing violence and discrimination and demanding better rights and more equal treatment.

In the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the CURE (GIRLS) Foundation celebrated with an activist stroll, under the slogan "Bully, on your way!"

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.

Serbia Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

As numbers of coronavirus cases rise throughout Europe, Serbia has confirmed its first - a 43-year-old male who has often been to Hungary.

Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar said the man was currently quarantined in hospital in Subotica, near the Hungarian border, where he had reported himself after feeling ill. His condition is not seen as alarming.

Ratko Mladic’s Appeal Causes Anxiety for Bosnian War Survivors

"He saw us. I saw him too. He raised his hand, he waved… They went off towards Potocari. I have never seen him again," she said.

Malagic has testified at four trials of Bosnian Serbs military and political officials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague - the cases against Radislav Krstic, Radovan Karadzic, Zdravko Tolimir and Ratko Mladic.

Bosnia Confirms Two Coronavirus Cases, Expects More

The health minister of Bosnia's Serb-led entity has confirmed the first two coronavirus cases in the country - one for a man who works in Italy and the other for his child. Both tested positive for Covid-19 virus, the Republika Srpska Health Minister Alen Seranic said in Banja Luka on Thursday. 

Montenegrins ‘Can’t Face Truth’ About Dubrovnik Siege: Survey

War damage in Dubrovnik in 1991. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Bracodbk.

"Around 75 per cent of citizens have heard about the attacks on Dubrovnik, but half of them refuse to answer [when asked] who was to blame for the attacks," said Milos Vukanovic from the Centre for Civic Education.

Territory, Energy, Politics: Serbia’s Long-Running Border Disputes

Threat of arbitration

Serbia's borders disputes. Illustration: Igor Vujicic/BIRN

In 2004, Serbia and Croatia formed a joint commission to address the dispute, which in turn formed an expert group to compare information from each side and which is due to meet again in mid-March.