While Ukrainian and international prosecutors suspect Russian soldiers of possible war crimes, the Russian foreign ministry and embassy in Sarajevo have made great efforts since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine to impose their version of events on the Bosnian public. But in their statements they have offered a series of allegations which independent investigative media and experts say are false. Russia has threatened to respond, just as it did in Ukraine, if Bosnia and Herzegovina tries to get closer to NATO. In this programme, experts analyse the Russian messages and their potential consequences for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As the 30-year anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo is commemorated, journalists who covered the outbreak of the war in April 1992 tell BIRN Bosnia’s ‘TV Justice’ programme how hate speech and militaristic propaganda fueled the conflict.
In early November 2021, two workers from Cengiz were killed and one was injured when a crane into the River Bosna at a construction site for a highway that is to run through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their deaths raised the question of how both Turkish and domestic workers are treated, as well as the workplace safety standards of the Turkish construction company.
Our analysis shows that despite dissatisfaction among the public and workers and verdicts highlighting poor workplace safety, Cengiz has hardly suffered any consequences and continues to be awarded valuable contracts. Cengiz rejects the allegations against it.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than 50 war crime trials are currently ongoing. A few hundred more are expected to be held in the future. These cases are in the political spotlight, and none of them would happen without the people whose task it is to tell the story from the angle of the defendants or the victims, but also to deliver a fair decision. In our latest programme, you’ll find out about the wartime experiences of lawyers, judges and prosecutors which have affected their work on war crime cases.
Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the focus of one of the most important Chinese companies’ desire to expand into the Western Balkans. Through the telecommunications company Huawei, China is extending its influence around the world, which is why it has been sanctioned by some countries. In the Western Balkans, the company wants to be the first to establish 4G and 5G networks and so-called ‘smart’ and ‘secure’ cities, but this is also raising concerns about its lack of transparency and privacy protection for users and the general public. BIRN has researched the company’s goals, the way it is expanding and the consequences of this. We have found out that Huawei paid for trips abroad for ministers.
The Bosnian authorities are promising the European Union to switch to cleaner energy sources to reduce carbon emissions, but at the same time, foreign investors from countries like China, Turkey and Russia are being allowed to invest in plants that pollute the environment.
In the summer of 1992, the bodies of 114 Bosniak and Croat civilians were found in two mass graves at a municipal dump and a cemetery in the town of Mostar, but decades on, no one has been prosecuted for their murders.
Husein Bilal Bosnic, a former leader of the Islamic Salafi movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, left prison on September 3, 2021 after having served a seven-year sentence for publicly inciting terrorist acts.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network brings you a story of a young woman,
who left to Syria before graduating from high school, at the age of 19, and recently returned
to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a woman, who is still in one of the camps awaiting her
return. We discuss the importance of identifying and preventing radical and extremist
behaviour among school kids. Experts aruge that this type of behaviour can be observed in
schools, pointing out that teaching staff needs additional education on the topic during their