A court in Orasje in Bosnia says people convicted by the town’s court martial during the 1990s war will soon be asked to start serving their sentences - but some insist that they didn’t even know they were being tried.
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.
Two convicted war criminals hope to be elected as MPs at next month’s polls in Serbia, while several other people who are wanted by the UN court or have been accused of wartime violations are standing for parliament.
More than ten streets, squares, parks and public buildings in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been dedicated to war crime convicts and defendants like Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, research by BIRN has found.
Questioning the number of victims of the 1995 massacres, complaining of an international anti-Serb conspiracy and glorifying Bosnian Serb wartime leaders are just some of the tactics used by Srebrenica genocide deniers, says a new report.
In the latest in the Forgotten Victims series, BIRN examines the killings of several elderly people by members of the Bosnian Croat wartime force, the Croatian Defence Council, who have never been brought to trial.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s top international official, Valentin Inzko, said a law banning genocide denial would be adopted by this year’s anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres - but this hasn’t happened yet and Inzko is reluctant to impose it himself.
<div class="btArticleExcerpt">When prosecutors started to investigate the killings of six people by rebel Bosniak militiamen in north-western Bosnia, relatives hoped that indictments would soon follow - but 15 years later, the probe is still ongoing.
The repatriation of Bosnian women and children who lived in territory controlled by the so-called Islamic State and are now in camps in Syria has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Men who were raped or sexually assaulted during the 1992-95 Bosnian war have long been reluctant to speak out for fear of stigmatisation, but now attempts are being made to ensure they get the same welfare benefits as other war victims.