Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbian War Crimes Prosecution ‘Extremely Inefficient’, Report Says

A new report published by the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre on Friday accuses the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office of being "extremely inefficient", while also raising concerns that over a half of the court hearings in war crime trials last year were postponed for COVID-related reasons.

One in every three Turks clinically obese: Report

Nearly a third of the Turkish population, or 32.1 percent, comprises obese people, whereas 66.8 percent of the population is either overweight or obese, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released during the 29th European Congress on Obesity in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Germany gets the green light of the USA: As for Serbia...

According to Novosti, the new German government wants to put an end to the issue of Kosovo. Germany's strong diplomatic engagement also aims to push Russia out of the region, confirm Serbia's position as a key country in this area and speed up the path to the EU.

Media Freedom Remains Major Concern in Balkans, Watchdog Says

Reporters Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, published on Tuesday, says that over the past year there has been a large increase in "polarisation amplified by information chaos" - a phenomenon that has also affected the troubled media environment in the Balkans.

Europe sends Emergency Contraceptives to Rape Victims in Ukraine

The International Foundation for Planned Parenthood (IPPF) has sent 2,880 packs of "sex pills" to Ukraine. Women and girls who have been sexually abused by the Russian army need emergency contraception. In early April, the Ombudsman of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova announced 9 officially declared cases of women who were pregnant after being raped by Russian soldiers.

Bosnia Indicts Ten for Yugoslav Troops’ Deaths in Sarajevo

The Bosnian state prosecution said on Wednesday that it has charged ten suspects including Ejup Ganic, who was a member of Bosnia's presidency during the war, with committing war crimes against prisoners of war and civilians in the controversial Dobrovoljacka Street case.

From Bosnia to Ukraine, Exhibition Documents Struggle for Peace

Award-winning Anglo-American photographer Gary Knight told BIRN that the idea for the project, which also includes a book and a series of short films, came to him in 2003 on his return from Iraq, where he had been photographing the US invasion and wondering when the conditions for peace would be met in the Middle Eastern country.

Istanbul Mayor: Erdogan Won’t Win Next Presidential Race

According to opinion polls, Imamoglu would beat Erdogan, whose popularity has suffered as a result of a series of political and international crises, and mostly due to the grave economic crisis.

He is cautious about his own prospects. "The opposition parties will work very selectively to decide the best presidential candidate," Imamoglu said.

What lies behind the visit of U.S. envoys to Belgrade?

Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgrade in the period from 2007 to 2009, assessed in an interview with the Voice of America that deviating from Western values could, as he pointed out, "drive Serbia and its citizens into oblivion".

NY Times: Bulgaria has Supplied Weapons to Ukraine through an American Company

Bulgaria and five other countries sell Soviet weapons and ammunition to Ukraine through the US company Ultra Defense Corp., based in Tampa, Florida, according to an analysis by the New York Times. The company works with arms factories in Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which provide the so-called "non-standard ammunition".

Encrypted Phone Crack No Silver Bullet against Balkan Crime Gangs

When a French and Dutch-led police operation cracked the code to Sky ECC in February 2021, investigators gained access to a treasure trove of real-time evidence against a host of international crime gangs. 

Thousands of people have been arrested around the world based on the Sky ECC takedown; in the Balkans, Saric is the biggest, but he is far from alone.