They are Muslims like the majority of Kosovo Albanians, and speak a similar language to Serbs, but Kosovo’s minority Bosniaks have encountered discrimination, violence and poverty as they endeavoured to survive the turbulent wartime and post-war.
The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres is a particularly distressing time for people whose loved ones disappeared in July 1995 but whose remains have not yet been found, identified and laid to rest in proper graves.
Samir Mehic, a Bosnian guitarist nicknamed Bowie after his musical hero, was the rock’n’roll bard of wartime Srebrenica, but was killed in the July 1995 massacres alongside thousands of other men and boys from the town.
The latest in BIRN’s Forgotten Victims series examines how families were imprisoned, men killed and women raped at a Bosnian Serb-run detention camp near Zvornik in 1992 - until a teenage girl’s intervention led to the prisoners being freed.
Bosnia’s state court is rapidly running out of space for its ever-growing multitude of documents and evidence from war crimes trials, while the lack of an online archive is hampering lawyers and impeding public access to information.
The Austrian Green Party told BIRN why MPs backed a proposed ban on an annual commemoration in Austria of Croatian Nazi-allied troops and civilians killed in World War II which has become a get-together for nationalists.