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BIRN Launches Updated Map of Balkan War Crime Verdicts

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network on Wednesday published its updated and improved War Crimes Verdicts Map, enabling users to search rulings in cases from courts across the former Yugoslavia and from the UN tribunal in The Hague.

Finally, who in Croatia will raise their hand in favour of Serbia's EU accession?

Incumbent President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic said that Croatia would insist on Serbia's meeting all criteria, which, as she said, "must face its past", instead of returning to World War II, in order to "experience the catharsis of what they did to Croatia and to other neighbouring countries".

Bulgaria Ranks 10th in Beer Consumption in the EU

There are already more than 10,000 breweries in EU countries, according to the latest data published by Brewers of Europe. At the same time, over the last five years, the production and consumption of beer on the old continent have been marked by continuous growth and an increase in the added value of the industry, according to the Brewers' Union in our country.

Croatia Acquits Serb Ex-Fighter of Killing Married Couple

Zagreb County Court on Monday acquitted former Serb fighter Slobodan Mutic of killing two Croatian civilians, Stjepan and Paula Cindric, during the war in 1992 in the town of Petrinja.

Another former Serb fighter, Dragan Perencevic, who was tried in absentia for the same crime, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

War Criminals Given Respect in Balkan Societies, Activists Warn

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights, YIHR, a regional organisation of young activists and experts on transitional justice, presented a piece of analysis on Monday that shows how convicted war criminals continue to play prominent roles in the public arena in the Balkans.

Montenegro Urged to Punish Border Policeman’s Killers

The assistant director of the Montenegrin Police Directorate, Nikola Janjusevic, said after the killing of the police officer on Sunday that the attackers must face justice.

Montenegro border police officer Milutin Lekovic was shot in the head in the resort town of Igalo, not far from Croatia, during the arrest of three foreign nationals who did not have any documents.

Yugoslav Flags at Pop Concert Enrage Croatian Generals

Four retired Croatian generals - Ivan Tolj, Ivan Kapular, Marinko Kresic and Mile Cuk - issued a statement on Sunday saying that it was a "national shame" that Yugoslav flags under which crimes were committed against the Croatian people were flown at concerts by Lepa Brena in Zagreb.

EU court advised not to hear Slovenia v Croatia suit

The advocate general at the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) said that "the infringements of EU law of which Slovenia accuses Croatia are ancillary to the issue of determining the boundary between those two states, which is a matter of public international law".

Croatia’s Would-be Presidents Fight for Tudjman’s Mantle

The three leading candidates in Croatia's late-December presidential election have not yet confronted each other directly, for example in TV debates - but are meanwhile quarreling bitterly through the media and social networks on who is the rightful heir to former president Franjo Tudjman - who died 20 years ago on Tuesday.

Bosnia Struggling to Prosecute Migrants when Identity in Doubt

Experts who spoke to BIRN BiH say the rules must urgently be harmonised and the law updated to reflect the new challenges.

"This could be disastrous because many of them [migrants] do lack personal identification documents," said Vehid Sehic, a former judge and lawyer in Bosnia.

To the Beat of the Drum: Croatian Protests Get Noisy

Five years ago, four female activists in Croatia decided something was missing from the protests they took part in defence of fundamental human rights: noise.