Thirty years ago, on the first day of Slovenia’s war for independence from Yugoslavia, helicopter pilot Toni Mrlak was shot down before he was able to defect - and his death has been the subject of political dispute ever since.
Croatia indicted a 50-year-old former fighter for committing a war crime against civilians during an attack on the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 by the Yugoslav People’s Army and Serbian paramilitaries.
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic defended his decision to return war honours to former general Branimir Glavas, who is being retried for alleged crimes against Serb civilians in the city of Osijek in 1991.
Thirty years after a Macedonian soldier was killed during clashes at a protest against the Yugoslav military’s presence in the Croatian city of Split, the perpetrator remains unknown and arguments continue about which side shot the teenage conscript.
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic defended his decision to meet former officers of the Bosnian Croat wartime force, the Croatian Defence Council, including an ex-convict jailed for war crimes by the Hague Tribunal.
Croatia made little progress in war crimes prosecutions in 2020, but commemorations of wartime anniversaries started to shift towards a more favourable environment for building trust, said a report by Human Rights House Zagreb.
The Serbian National Council, which represents the Serb minority in Croatia, warned that threats, hate speech and violence against Serbs in the country persist, despite a lower number of cases being registered in 2020.
Croatia's WWII fascist state was established 80 years ago and its legacy was revived by nationalists during the 1990s war years - and even today there are still street names that celebrate its officials and public figures who supported it.