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Montenegro Arrests US Fugitives Convicted in 18 Million Dollar Fraud

Montenegrin police officer on patrol in the capital Podgorica. Photo. BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

The US Justice Department said that Richard Ayvazyan, his wife, Marietta Terabelian, and his sister-in-law, Tamara Dadyan, were in detention in Montenegro. The Montenegrin Interior Ministry didn't respond to BIRN's request for arrest details by time of publication.

Croatia Registers Over 3,000 More War Veterans During Pandemic

The Croatian War Veterans' Ministry said that the number of people granted the official status of war veteran rose by 3,324 from March 2020 to November 30 this year, news website Index reported on Sunday.

Paper comments on human rights and migrants

Koper – The newspaper Primorske Novice ponders on illegal migrants and human rights as it comments on Saturday on a Turkish woman trying to swim across a river from Croatia into Slovenia as the water swept one of her children away.

Ban on blood donation for homosexual men found discriminatory

Ljubljana – Equal Opportunities Ombudsman Miha Lobnik has noted that the permanent ban on blood donations for all homosexual men is discriminatory, as they are excluded from taking part in this important philanthropic activity despite the fact that the safety of blood donations is also ensured by additional testing for viruses.

Serbs accuse Croats: "They are the most brutal"

This was announced by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Belgrade at a press conference.
The representative of that foundation for Southeast Europe, Vladan Jeremic, pointed out that collective expulsions, abuse and arbitrary arrests take place along the Serbian-Croatian border from 2016 to 2021, despite the efforts of civil society organizations to prevent it from happening.

Bangladeshi migrant found dead in border area

Koper – A 31-year-old national of Bangladesh has been found dead in the Dragonja valley in the border area between Slovenia and Croatia with initial information indicating hypothermia as the cause of death, the Koper Police Department has reported.

CoE Torture Watchdog Accuses Croatia of Abusing Migrants at Borders

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee has called on EU external border state Croatia to stop police ill-treatment of migrants and asylum seekers in its borders.

On Friday, its report called on authorities to take "determined action to stop migrants from being ill-treated by police officers and to ensure that cases of alleged ill-treatment are investigated effectively".

Far-Right Exploiting Pandemic to Spread Hate, in the Balkans Too

When Hope not Hate conducted its research in the summer of 2020, the 20 most popular videos on the platform were a mix of extreme racist propaganda and harmful disinformation, mostly originating from QAnon and anti-vaxxer groups.

Croatia Pressed to Tackle Women’s Protection After Latest Murder

After another murder of a woman in Croatia by her former partner, human rights activists have urged the government to take a more serious approach to violence prevention and protection of women - and classify femicides as premediated murders connected with hate crimes towards women.

Medical Chamber calls for improving doctors’ status

Ljubljana – The Medical Chamber has called for efforts to improve the status of doctors, as it warned that their current pay, not comparable to Western European countries in terms of workload, is resulting in brain drain. Young doctors are less and less likely to take up certain medical specialties due to difficult working conditions, it said.

Mandatory COVID-19 Passes Cause Discontent in Croatia

About 30 students gathered in front of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zagreb University on Monday afternoon to protest against the mandatory COVID-19 certificates they now need to enter the premises.

Croatia Extends Census Deadline amid Pandemic-Linked Problems

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told a cabinet meeting on Monday that the Croatian government has extended by two weeks to November 14 the deadline for the completion of the population census because of difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Bulgarians among most Reluctant to Have Vaccine Jab

Bulgrians among most Reluctant to ave Vaccine Jab

The population of four EuMember States - Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia and Slovenia - are the most uninterested in vaccination against COVID-19, BTA reported, citing results of a Eurobarometer survey.

Vaccines against the coronavirus have arrived at the South Pole