Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Radovan Karadzic’s Attempt to Remove ‘Biased’ Judges Rejected

The UN's Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Monday said it has refused to consider a request by lawyers for Radovan Karadzic, who was convicted of genocide and other wartime crimes, to have two judges he accuses of bias to be disqualified from making decisions in his case.

Winter’s Approach Enfolds Balkan Cities in Polluted Air

With winter on the way, the capitals of Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Bulgaria, as well as some other industrial centres in these countries, are again suffering alarming levels of air pollution, charts show.

Bosnia Remains Hostage to Old, Obsolete Narratives

Despite that danger, Bosniak, Bosnian Croat or Bosnian Serb politicians and their affiliated media continue to confuse and frustrate both the local and international public by clinging to their conflicting, outdated and unrealistic narratives.

Migrant Camp in Bosnia a Stain on Europe, MEPs Warn

European parliamentarians have joined a chorus of criticism over the plight facing migrants and refugees in a squalid forest camp in northwestern Bosnia.

General Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, picked for Defence Minister (bio)

On October 24, 2019, Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban unveiled the composition of his cabinet that he will submit to Parliament for a vote. General Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca was picked for the position of Minister of Defence. Nicolae Ciuca was born on February 7, 1967 in Plenita, Dolj County.

Bosnia Arrests Serb War Suspect Deported from US

Police on Thursday morning arrested former soldier Milan Trisic, who is accused of committing a crime against humanity against Bosniaks in the Bratunac municipality in 1992, at Sarajevo airport after he was deported from the US.

Senate Hearing Blames Dodik for Bosnia’s Stalemate

Speakers at the US Senate's subcommittee on Europe and regional-security cooperation on Wednesday blamed Bosnian Serb supremo Milorad Dodik for the current stalemate in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was preventing the formation of a new state government and blocking the NATO integration process.


Macron offers special partnership to the Balkans?

A privileged special partnership would be a substitute for a full membership.
According to the proposal, financial support, special arrangements for access to European markets and other benefits would be offered to the Western Balkan countries in exchange for a "silent withdrawal" of full membership.

America has influence, America has priority - the problem of Serbia and Kosovo

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said in a testimony before the US Senate Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Europe and Co-operation on Regional Security that while the negotiations are blocked, the two sides are at risk of missing the best chance.

Why No One Went to Jail for Shelling Tuzla in Bosnia

Domestic courts have still not convicted anyone of this or many other shelling incidents in Tuzla during wartime, in which over 100 civilians were killed. Despite the fact that the Bosniak-majority city was declared a protected zone by the United Nations in June 1993, it was subsequently targeted by Bosnian Serb forces.

Bosnian Wartime Killer Extradited After 24 Years in Switzerland

Zoran Pantic, who participated in killing six members of a family in 1993 and then escaped from prison and went to live in Switzerland under a false name, was extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been back behind bars in Bijeljina since Monday evening, local media reported on Tuesday.

Bosnia Mayor’s Threat to Migrant Camp Sparks Crisis Fears

The Bihac City Administration has informed local utility companies that it will no longer pay for services such as water delivery and garbage collection from the troubled "Vucjak" migrant camp, whose closure has been demanded by the UN among others.

Unsafe Haven: Balkans Sees Rise in Turkish Asylum Requests

If it was once rare for Turks to seek asylum in the countries of the Balkans, since mid-2016 it has become a regular occurrence, according to an investigation by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.