Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Virus Keeps Bosnian Families of ISIS Fighters in Syrian Camps

Dolamic expressed frustration at the continuing delay to the repatriation of the remaining Bosnians from the Middle East.

"Why can't they deport around a hundred women and children from Syria?" she asked, suggesting that the problem lies in the fact that they are "labelled as terrorists".

Bosnian Serb Entity Denies Ignoring Illegal Power Plants

Authorities in Republika Srpska, RS, Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, have denied that investors are using a lack of oversight, owing to the situation with coronavirus pandemic, to illegally build small hydropower plants on some of the country's unspoiled but increasingly endangered watercourses.

Turkey sent aid to at least 57 countries to fight virus: Minister

Turkey has so far delivered aid to at least 57 countries around the globe to help their fight against the coronavirus outbreak, the country's top diplomat has said.

"We provided medical equipment support to 57 countries," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on April 27.

IMF, EU 3bn Loan Welcomed in Balkans Despite Unknowns

EU candidate states from the West Balkans have welcomed the offer of 3 billion euros in emergency loans, to be distributed among 10 states bordering or near the EU, although the borrowing conditions remain to be determined, the European Commission confirmed to BIRN.

Why Serbian Media Scorned a Peace Message from Srebrenica

To understand how important this was, one has to know that the Srebrenica Memorial Centre operates in a very hostile environment in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, where denial of the Srebrenica genocide is widespread, alleged war criminals live freely, and there is little state support for truth-seeking and research of wartime crimes.

Bosnia Compiles List of Illegal Migrants Due for Deportation

Bosnia's Service for Foreigners' Affairs, SFA, on the orders of the country's Security Ministry, has begun preparing a list of illegal economic migrants for deportation, Slobodan Ujic, the director of the SFA, confirmed to BIRN on Thursday.

Bosnia Court Rules Against Movement Curbs on Minors, Seniors

Bosnia's Constitutional Court, the top court in the country, ruled on Wednesday that banning minors and people over 65 from leaving their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic breaches their right to freedom of movement.

Bosnia celebrates Turkish parliament's centenary

Bosnia and Herzegovina's historic Mostar Bridge was illuminated with the colors of the Turkish flag late on April 21 to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Turkey's parliament.
"The Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey marks its 100th anniversary. We are celebrating with joy," the Turkish Consulate General in Mostar said in a statement.

Bosnia Shifts Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees to New Temporary Camp

The authorities in the Una-Sana Canton, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration, moved a first group of about 120 migrants and refugees to the new reception centre in Lipa, not far from the town of Bihac, on Tuesday.

Croatia’s Controversial Bleiburg Commemoration Cancelled Due to Pandemic

The annual gathering in Bleiburg in Austria, which commemorates tens of thousands of Croatian Nazi-allied Ustasa troops and civilians who were killed by the Yugoslav Partisans in 1945, will not be held this year as planned on May 16, media reported on Tuesday.

Pandemic Threatens Croatia’s Strawberry Farmers With Bitter Harvest

But Croats are reluctant to do this backbreaking work and local farmers usually employ pickers from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially from its southern Herzegovina region - mostly Bosnian Croats with dual citizenship.

Pandemic Wreaks Havoc With Ancient Balkan Funeral Traditions

Once huge funerals these days are mostly attended only by a small circle of close family members and friends, who have to observe social distancing measures.

The funeral processions are now done in the shortest time possible, and in some countries, police monitor the burials to make sure everyone obeys the rules.

Clergy Celebrate Easter Ceremonies Alone in Pandemic

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday said there would be no relaxation of curfew rules in Serbia over Orthodox Easter this weekend - after the Church asked for the weekend curfew to be lifted on Sunday from 5am to 10am to let believers leave home and attend churches for the liturgy.