Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

"United States make efforts to revise Brussels agreement"

In that way, the US is trying to "pull Kosovo into NATO" and keep its military base there.
In that context, Lavrov recalled that four years ago, an agreement was signed to form a Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo, guaranteeing the linguistic, cultural and religious rights of Serbs, TAS reports.

European Court Tells Bosnia to Remove Illegal Church

Fata Orlovic, who has waged a long legal battle for an illegally-built Serbian Orthodox church to be removed from her backyard, told BIRN on Tuesday that she welcomed the European Court of Human Rights' decision in her favour.

Prosecutor Challenges Serbian State Security Witness’s Credibility

The prosecution in the retrial of former Serbian State Security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague argued on Tuesday that defence witness Dragoslav Krsmanovic gave different evidence to the court than when he first testified at the original trial in 2011, putting his credibility in question.

‘Sniper Alley’ Site Preserves Photo Memories of Sarajevo Siege

Dzemil Hodzic launched the Sniper Alley site in an attempt to collect and save all the wartime photographs he could find from Sarajevo in one place, establishing a database that will be easily accessible to anyone who wants to find images from the years when the Bosnian capital was under siege in the 1990s.

Bosnia Exhumes War Victim’s Body from Hidden Grave

The Bosnian prosecution said on Monday that the incomplete remains of a war victim have been exhumed by investigators in Trnovo in the Sekovici municipality.

"The exhumation of the terrain at the Trnovo site, in the municipality of Sekovici, has been completed and the incomplete remains of one person have been found," the prosecution said in a statement.

Bosnia Cancels Four Turks’ Residence Permits on Erdogan’s Request

Erdogan reportedly believes they are followers of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose movement the Turkish government blames for the failed coup in the country in 2016 and describes as a 'terrorist group'.

Since the failed coup, the Turkish authorities have detained thousands of suspected 'Gulenists' and put pressure on governments abroad to extradite suspects.

Bosnia Risks Being Drawn Into Rivals’ Power Games

Yet some experts, officials and diplomats say future elections are almost irrelevant while local leaders continue to block the system, playing their lose-lose games.

To make matters worse, Bosnia's unfolding political drama is increasingly intertwined with other regional and international disputes, especially with the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo.

Bosnians Protest Over Mooted Croatian Nuclear Waste Site

Several hundred Bosnians gathered on Friday in Novi Grad, northwest Bosnia, near the border with Croatia, to voice fears that Croatia and Slovenia plan to build a nuclear waste disposal site not far from the town.

On the Balkans, Europe has Revealed its Trump Side

Consider the borderline authoritarianism that has ensconced itself in EU member states like Poland and Hungary; or the alarming gains made by the far right in such "established" European democracies as Austria, Germany, and Italy; or the brutal border regime that the EU maintains along its Mediterranean frontier - a border regime, we should recall, that at the current rate will likely result in

Ekaterina Zaharieva: All of Bulgaria's Neighbouring Countries Must Enter the EU In Order for us to Have More Security and Prosperity

Staunch support for the accession of Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU. This is the idea on which the foreign ministers of Bulgaria Greece, Romania and Croatia agreed. Ekaterina Zaharieva, Nikos Dendias, Ramona Manescu and Gordan Grlić Radman met, by a tradition, within the frameworks of the session of the UN General Assembly, BNR reported.

30% of Bosnian War Crime Suspects ‘Unavailable to Prosecutors’

The High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina heard at its session on Wednesday that 30 per cent of war crimes suspects cannot be reached by prosecutors as they are living outside the country or have absconded.

It was recommended at the HJPC session that a top-level regional conference be organised to address the issue.

Bosnian Serbs Unveil Controversial New Gendarmerie Force

Republika Srpska's interior ministry officially unveiled its new gendarmerie police unit on Tuesday at a ceremony in Zaluzani, near the entity's administrative centre Banja Luka - a move that sparked criticism from Bosniak politicians in the Serb-dominated entity.

Serbian Court Convicts Bosnian Serb of Wartime Assault

A court in Belgrade jailed former Bosnian Serb fighter Zeljko Budimir for two years for assaulting and robbing a Bosniak civilian in Bosnia's Kljuc municipality during wartime in November 1992.

Bosnian Serb ‘Rambo’ Fighter Seized Passenger from Train

Eyewitness Zoran Bogetic told the trial of five Bosnian Serb paramilitaries at Belgrade Higher Court on Tuesday that a passenger who was sitting in his train compartment on February 27, 1993 was taken away by two fighters.

EU warned: Don't give up on the Western Balkans, Serbia and Montenegro are "mature"

Talking to reporters, Kovacs warned the EU against further abandoning the Western Balkans strategy and indicated that China has its own strategy for the region.
"We know from the past that there have always been problems if no attention is paid to the Balkans", he said, adding that he sees the region's biggest security problems in religious extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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