Political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina surreptitiously swap seats on the committees that oversee polling stations, allowing them to influence the vote count on election day to their own advantage – and it’s not illegal.
Local judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often criticised for imposing low penalties for returnees from foreign battlefields. Several European countries began trying former fighters for terrorism and war crimes, increasing the sentences handed down to them. We have analysed what needs to be done by domestic judicial institutions to start prosecuting such crimes, what needs to be done to collect evidence and why experts consider that the Bosnian judiciary is ready.
Public displays of support for war crimes defendants, nationalist political rhetoric and Bosnian Serb officials’ denials of the Srebrenica genocide are causing unease among Bosniaks who have returned to the town after fleeing during the war.
Trials with large numbers of defendants cannot resume because of the problem of safe social distancing at the Bosnian state court, which will further slow the process of dealing with the country’s huge backlog of war crimes cases.
Hundreds of families in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been searching for the remains of their loved ones for a quarter of a century – and the agonising wait has now been prolonged again by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bosnia’s Strategy for Prevention and Combatting Terrorism, which expires this year, has not received nearly enough resources to succeed – and clear terrorism prevention systems have yet to be set up in all local communities, analysis by BIRN shows.
The authorities are making preparations to reintegrate Bosnian supporters of Islamic State when they return from camps in Syria – and considering whether female ISIS followers should be prosecuted for joining the militants.
Bosnian Serb ruling party officials and their aides have close and deepening ties to Russian nationalists involved in the war in eastern Ukraine and in promoting the image of Serbs who fight there illegally.
Dino Pecenkovic’s father and brother fought and died in Syria, but he rejected extremism - although his family’s radical connections led to accusations that he helped an Islamic militant who attacked the US embassy in Sarajevo.