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SLOBODAN Milosevic, the late "Butcher of the Balkans" who was a hero to many of his countrymen, is back in Kosovo, where a Serb-run theatre is staging ... All the cast members, like the bulk of the some 39,000 Serbs who lived in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, before the war in the southern Serbian province, ...

Serbian deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric on Monday opposed a motion filed by the defence of Dalibor Maksimovic, who allegedly killed four civilians and raped two women in the Bratunac area in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. The motion seeks to determine whether Maksimovic also fought ...
The Humanitarian Law Centre NGO filed a criminal complaint against Svetozar Andric, a former Bosnian Serb Army commander who is now a deputy mayor in Belgrade, accusing him of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Filip Rudic. BIRN. Belgrade ...
Bosnian Serbs strongly oppose the use of the flag in public as they identify it with the Bosniak side in the war. "The Serb member of the Bosnian presidency, Mladen Ivanic, believes that the move by ambassador Mujezinovic is inappropriate and that, at the very next session of the Bosnian presidency, ...
War veterans from the Bosnian Army and Croatian Defence Council (HVO) blocked roads in several towns in the country's Bosniak- and Croat-dominated Federation entity on Wednesday morning because the state parliament has not yet scheduled a session to address their grievances. The veterans ...

Families of ethnic Albanian and Serb war victims want the word 'reconciliation' to be replaced with a phrase that better reflects post-conflict realities in Kosovo, says research published by Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication on Tuesday. "There is across-the-board agreement among ...
The EU sees the prospect of membership as an incentive for reform in the volatile Balkans region, which was torn apart by war in the 1990s. Its expansion strategy puts Serbia and Montenegro in position to join should the bloc open its doors to more members, tentatively by 2025. Serbia is a major target of ...
The Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks told BIRN that it was unacceptable for Serbia and other Balkan countries to give a ... In recent years, war criminals from Serbia - which is in negotiations to join the European Union - have been promoted as heroes and role models by ...
'The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished." Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on ...
The Balkan countries have been split between empires, Cold War blocks, and now EU and non-EU status. While the existence of Yugoslavia - a federation uniting six states that are now independent - offered a period of relative stability in the region, the armed conflicts that led to its dissolution left a strong ...
Russia mainly wants to discourage the Western Balkan countries -- Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia -- from joining NATO. ... The EU sees the prospect of membership as an incentive for reform in the volatile Balkans region, which was torn apart by war in the 1990s.
After the Kosovo war ended in 1999, Mitrovica remained a divided town, and since then, the Serbian government has denied the fact that the war was lost, or that Kosovo has a future of its own. Apart from plain denial and spite, this illusion was able to continue to exist because to the north of the river Ibar in Mitrovica there is ...
Winston Churchill is thought to have said that the Balkans have produced more history than they can consume. ... gave way to one international conflict after another -- notably the First and the Second Balkan wars that paved the way for the Third Balkan War, which very quickly become the First World War.
After the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans, its demography slowly changed and Serbs became a minority in what was now a mainly Albanian land. Serbia regained Kosovo during the Balkan wars of 1912-13. After the Second World War, the communist Yugoslav government granted it the status of an ...
... of a third, Croat-ed entity in the country, the Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, warned that this could cause armed conflict. ... Izetbegovic told Croatian public broadcaster HRT, referring to prison camps run by Bosnian Croats where Bosniaks were held during the 1990s war.
The US ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu, raised expectations last November when he said was looked forward to seeing 'big fish' in the net of justice 'by early next year' - but months on, little has changed. Gjergj Erebara. BIRN. Tirana ...

Investigations are stalled or discontinued, prosecutions are rare, convicted war criminals are glorified as heroes. For most of this decade, the EU's efforts to use its leverage and influence to set the Western Balkans on a democratic, rights-respecting course have been shallow. Progress reports linked ...
The invitation comes amid a new spat between the two states over an international exhibition in Jasenovac, site of an infamous concentration camp during World War II run by Croatian fascists in which many Serbs perished. Yhe US Embassy in Zagreb welcomed the visit on its official twitter account.
According to the two US Congressmen, the "thorough documentation of these crimes by the HLC became essential for the provision of justice, both at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and in the war crimes chambers in regional countries". The nomination letter notes that the ...
Many of participants in the case are originally from Kosovo and are former members of the Kosovo Liberation army, KLA, the insurgent force that launched a war with the Serbian forces then ruling Kosovo in the late-1990s. Olluri said the award sent the wrong message. "The state of Kosovo cannot treat as ...
From Roosevelt forward, the only president without his own war was Jimmy Carter. Kennedy and Johnson shared a war with Nixon, who declared victory and got out. The previous King of Testosterone got us into the Balkans War. He had his own war and his own intern. The new King of Testosterone hasn't ...
The Special Court on Wednesday ordered the establishment of a commission to probe conflicting testimony about the death of an inmate at a Serb-run prison in Doboj in Bosnia during the war. Dusan Vukovic, a former guard at Doboj prison, is on trial for causing the prisoner's death. Vukovic is charged with ...
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected the plea from Tomislav Mercep, a former interior ministry assistant and unofficial commander of a reservist police battalion nicknamed the 'Mercepovci' ('Mercep's Men'), Croatian news agency HINA reported . Mercep had demanded that war crimes verdicts ...
Western Balkan countries have made significant progress since the 1990s, when ethnic violence tore the region apart and necessitated an ... Since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999, the Western Balkans have made much progress in facing down the nationalist and reactionary forces that gave rise to that ...
Vucic said after the meeting that Bosnia and Serbia would work harder to secure "a permanent and secure peace", adding that Belgrade continued to honour the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the 1992-5 war in Bosnia. "All we ask from the Bosniaks is to make Serbs in Bosnia feel safe and ...
David Hudson of the EU Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations said the EU was clearly interested in strengthening the region's stability through reconciliation and facing the consequences of war crimes. Without reconciliation, the Western Balkans cannot be within EU ...
The Coalition for RECOM announced on Monday that five Western Balkan states - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia - are ... The commission is intended to determine the facts about war crimes and human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001.
For Balkan rock star Goran Bregovic, his hometown and muse Sarajevo is more than a city. ... "This was a video I made a year before the war. The sad ... Bregovic, who now splits his time between Paris, Belgrade and Sarajevo when not on tour, proclaims his enduring love for the Balkans - a "difficult" love.
Since the Kosovo war, Europe has built a sophisticated regional reform infrastructure for the SEE that has led to significant progress in the "EUropeanization" of the Balkans, i.e. its legal and practical incorporation of the EU's acquis communautaire. Ukraine should explore whether it can join some of these ...
A European Commissioner has warned the only way to stop a war in the Balkans is for the states to be drawn closer to the EU, with Greece acting as a .... Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, warned the rising tides of nationalism and populism in the Balkan ...
A new Bosnian war drama called 'Sympathy for the Devil', based on the memoirs of Paul Marchand, a flamboyant French journalist who reported from besieged Sarajevo, starts ... Some countries in the Balkans, such as Montenegro, entice international film crews by offering tax refunds, but Bosnia does not.
Representatives of Kosovo political parties decided at a meeting of the Assembly's presidency on Monday to send the draft law to the government, advancing the attempt to scrap the new Specialist Chambers, which is to try former Kosovo Liberation army members for wartime and post-war crimes.
Nedic headed the so-called government of National Salvation, a puppet administration in Serbia during World War II that operated from August 1941 to ... Nedic's great-grandson and his allies argue that the Nazi-backed premier gave refuge to 600,000 Serbs from across the Balkan region who fled to ...
South Ossetian Separatist Leader Becomes Envoy of 'Russkiy Mir' in the Balkans and Ukraine ... on their destiny" and that it was "entirely legitimate" for his administration to cooperate with "South Ossetia"--a breakaway region of Georgia occupied by the Russian army since the August 2008 Five Day war.
Albania's government has promised to build new graveyards for Greek soldiers who died there during World War II - but some Albanians fear they could turn .... He also noted that old territorial claims in the Balkans carry little weight in the modern era - especially when seen in the context of European law.
prosecutors in Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to share information on the investigation into the killing of the prominent Kosovo Serb politician, shot dead last week. Filip Rudic. BIRN. Belgrade. Kosovo police on the crime scene of Oliver Ivanovic's assassination. Photo: AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu. Serbia's ...
Belgrade: During his lifetime Slobodan Milosevic divided the peoples of the Balkans. Now, 12 years after he died during his trial for war crimes, the onetime Serbian strongman is set to divide them again: this time as a character in a play. Milosevic rode a wave of populist nationalism to power in Belgrade ...
Several young politicians, entrepreneurs and activists from the Balkans have made it to Forbes' latest '30 under 30' list - which contains 600 stars in 20 ... Founder, war Childhood Museum: Halilovic, a leading conflict researcher, founded the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia, which has ...
The killing of a reported member of a Montenegrin organised crime gang in Belgrade shows that Serbia is allowing its capital to become a 'safe house' for warring clans, one analyst says. Filip Rudic. BIRN. Belgrade. Illustration. Photo: mup.rs. The conflict between Montenegrin criminal gangs will continue ...
This is a particular short-term priority of the EU in the Balkans, where the legacy of the collapse of former Yugoslavia has left a scarred and still unstable ... Quite apart from the dangers of instability, and even a return to war on its southeastern flank, the region is of huge strategic significance to the EU.
This war between the tiny Serbian state and the great Ottoman Empire became a bit of a cause celebre in Europe with calls in support of Serbia coming from the ... to fight with their 'Slavic brethren', which was also in line with the Russian Empire's pretensions to supplant the ailing Ottomans in their control of the Balkans.
"In a few years, once the minority aggressors [media] are driven out of the public space, as Father of the Homeland, Plenkovic will ceremonially give out awards to all the defenders [a term used for Croatian independence war fighters] in the hybrid war - the editorial staff of HRT, spin doctors, ministers, ...
The potassium cyanide that Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak used to commit suicide in court could not have been detected before he drank it, the UN tribunal's internal probe released on Sunday said. Praljak killed himself in front of UN judges in The Hague late last month, just seconds after ...
The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on December 21 that "the pursuit of justice in the Balkans is not over," and the U.S. "remains committed to supporting justice for the victims," the statement said. The Kosovo political leaders enacted the law and constitutional amendment in 2015 to establish the ...
Kosovo MPs who signed a request to call an extraordinary parliamentary session to revoke the law that allows the new Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers to prosecute former Kosovo Liberation army members for wartime and post-war crimes said on Friday that they will not give up on their demand ...
It was their brave testimonies that helped make that common deed of war into a crime, officially, in 2008. I appreciate this recent flow of #metoo. As an activist, I can hope that my work has done well, now that the mainstream is picking it up. Not from Balkan battlegrounds, but from Hollywood and silicon ...
That year, Slovenia and Croatia were the first of the former Yugoslav republics to declare independence as the others became engulfed in war. In 1992, the Arbitration Commission ... The dispute worries European officials, who are trying to maintain a fragile peace in the Balkans. The European Union had ...
Milan Trisic came to Charlotte, claiming to be a refugee from the murderous Balkan civil wars. ... military service that placed him in the middle one of the era's most notorious war crimes: the July 1995 slaughter of up to 8,000 ethnic Muslims - most of them men and boys - in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
Janine di Giovanni complains that for many years after the war in Bosnia, big fish like Radovan Karadzic and Gen. Ratko Mladic "roamed free"; that the number indicted by the tribunal is "minute" compared with the number of victims; and that trials were long delayed, unlike those at Nuremberg, which took ...


 

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