Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Piran on CNN’s list of 15 prettiest small towns in Europe

Washington – The Slovenian coastal town of Piran has made it to a list of the 15 prettiest small towns across Europe by the US television network CNN, which described it as a “mini Venice”.

US Senators Push New Legislation to Boost ties to Balkans

New legislation introduced into the US Senate aims to support economic development in the Western Balkans through initiatives on infrastructure, trade and anti-corruption, including codification of sanctions to deter destabilizing activity. It also aims to strengthen security in Bosnia and Herzegovina and encourage Albanian and North Macedonian integration into the EU.

Croatia Hails ‘Clean Victory’ in Operation Storm, Serbs Lament ‘Pogrom’

Croatian political leaders, wartime generals and war veterans gathered on Friday in the town of Knin to mark the anniversary of the country's victorious military offensive, Operation Storm, which effectively ended the independence war in the country in 1995.

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'.

International Community Risks Fulfilling Russia’s Agenda in Bosnia

But there is a considerable price to pay for these small steps towards basic functioning in the entity-level government. The larger thrust of Schmidt's proposal amounts to a sort of election gerrymandering by the Office of the High Representative, OHR.

Bosnia Warned by UN Over ‘Non-Transparent’ Ombudsmen Selection Process

The European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the OSCE Mission and the United Nations have told the state authorities that they must make the process more transparent, while domestic organisations have warned of possible politicisation of the process.

Slovenia’s positive net migration lowest since 2017

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded what is the lowest positive net migration since 2017 last year as 2,480 people more moved in than out. Compared to 2020, the number of people who moved in was down by more than a third while the number of people who moved out was up by almost 20%, the Statistics Office said.

Michel replies to Pahor’s letter on Bosnia’s EU candidate statues

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor has received European Council President Charles Michel’s reply to his letter in which Pahor advocated giving Bosnia-Herzegovina EU candidate status without setting conditions. Pahor’s office said in Friday’s release that Michel underlined his firm commitment to the European path of Western Balkan countries.

Trial Opens for Zoran Neskovic et al for Crimes in Rogatica

Zoran Neskovic, Panto Pantovic, Slavisa Djeric, Nenad Ujic and Pero Despet are charged on 46 counts with inhumane treatment, murder and sexual abuse of civilians in Rasadnik detention facility in Rogatica, eastern Bosnia, between the end of July and December 22, 1995.

Hague Court President: Recognising the Srebrenica Genocide is Necessary

Ten days after her term in office began, one of the first tasks undertaken by Graciela Gatti Santana, the new president of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, was to deliver a speech at the commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

Bosnian Police Arrest Kelmendi’s Son, Elvis, on Organised Crime Charges

In an operation codenamed "Rez" ("Cut") Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested Elvis Kelmendi, son of the controversial Kosovo-born figure Naser Kelmendi, and six other suspects, for organised crime in connection with international smuggling and illegal trafficking in drugs as well as other crimes.

Wartime Bosniak Leader Pleads Innocent to Attack on Yugoslav Troops

Ten people including Ejup Ganic, a Bosniak former political leader who was a member of Bosnia's presidency during the war, pleaded not guilty at the Bosnian state court on Tuesday to committing war crimes against prisoners of war and civilians in the controversial Dobrovoljacka Street case.