Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Migrants Trapped in Balkan Camps Find Ramadan a Trial

After making several unsuccessful attempts to cross the Croatian border into the EU, his odyssey remains unfinished.

Meanwhile, he is spending the holy month in a camp that he cannot leave at all now due to the movement restrictions imposed in Bosnia because of the coronavirus.

IOM says it is doing its best:

Political Rows and Pandemic Overshadow Bosnia Local Elections

Bosnia has scheduled local polls for October, but the coronavirus pandemic and a fierce political battle over the election commission all hang over the vote - which is unlikely to produce big changes.

No Quarantine for Bulgarians in Need of Medical Treatment in Turkey

From May 20, 2020, Turkey will freely allow all Bulgarian citizens in need of treatment in Turkish hospitals to come in the country with up to two escorts without being placed under a 14-day quarantine. We were informed about this by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey with a note sent to our embassy in Ankara. 

Bosnian Anti-Fascists Rally Against Controversial WWII Church Service

Police said 5,000 people attended an anti-fascist march in central Sarajevo on Saturday against the holding of a Catholic mass which opponents claim glorifies people involved in crimes committed by Croatia's WWII-era Nazi-allied Ustasa regime.

Turkey to open doors to 31 countries for health tourism

Turkey will accept patients from 31 countries as of May 20 as it loosens coronavirus restrictions, according to the country's Health Ministry.

An official letter from the ministry lists acceptance conditions for patients, entry to the country, admission to hospital, treatment, discharge and isolation rules.

Last Despatches: Photographer’s Death Brings Sarajevo and Barcelona Together

It was the spring of 1992 and the war had just started in Bosnia and Herzegovina when a young Spanish photographer with no prior war reporting experience landed in Sarajevo to take the pulse of the conflict in the city.

His name was Jordi Pujol Puente, he was 24 years old and he worked as a stringer for the Associated Press news agency and Avui, a young Barcelona newspaper.

Croatia Accused of Slurring Watchdogs in Police Violence Dispute

Human rights organisations have accused the Croatian Ministry of Interior of resorting to slurs, after it rejected media reports of police tagging migrants and refugees who attempted to enter Croatia from Bosnia with paint.

Wildly Wrong: North Macedonia’s Population Mystery

This is the latest in a series of articles about the demographic crisis facing Central and Southeast Europe.

See also: Bye-Bye, Balkans: A Region in Critical Demographic Decline

World Jewish Congress Condemns WWII Bleiburg Mass in Sarajevo

The World Jewish Congress, an international organisation representing Jewish communities, said on Wednesday that the Catholic mass due to be held in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 16 glorifies people involved in crimes committed by Croatia's WWII-era Nazi-allied Ustasa regime.

Bosnian Political Wrangling Delays Use of IMF Coronavirus Cash

Although almost three weeks have passed since the International Monetary Fund transferred 330 million euros to Bosnia and Herzegovina to combat the coronavirus crisis, the country's political leaders have not yet agreed on how to distribute the money.

Ultra-Right Groups Show Their Face in Bosnian Town

When the content of now defunct international right-wing forum, Iron March, was made public in late 2019, Prijedor featured in its communications.

Symbols of "Combat 18" and "Blood and Honor" groups are written in the center of Prijedor. Photo: BIRN