The decision by the UN court in The Hague last month to uphold the life sentence handed down to former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic takes the number of life terms imposed for involvement in the Srebrenica genocide to five.
Bosnian and Serbian companies provided heavy machinery, buses and trucks that were used during the Srebrenica deportations and massacres in July 1995 and the subsequent cover-up operation, but none of them has ever been held accountable.
BIRN has identified at least 20 Twitter accounts that actively dispute the international court classification of the 1995 Srebrenica massacres as genocide. Their denial of the crime frequently goes unchallenged.
War survivors in Bosanski Samac still remember the brutality of Serbian State Security fighters deployed to their town in 1992, where they committed crimes that eventually led to landmark convictions this week for the security service’s top officials.
In less than two years, the Banja Luka police has filed at least 160 charges against activists seeking justice in the Dragan Dragicevic case – which experts see this as open intimidation of free citizens by the Bosnian Serb authorities.
Ahead of the initial verdict in the last trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, BIRN looks back on the landmark judgments, controversies, successes and failures in the UN court’s mission to seek justice for the atrocities of the 1990s.
Bosnian war survivors want former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic to be found guilty this week of genocide in five Bosnian municipalities in 1992 as well as genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, but experts believe this is unlikely to happen.
He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his final court verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.
Leaders of the Union of Donbas Volunteers, which has recruited paramilitary volunteers from the Balkans to fight for Moscow-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, are hoping to run in alliance with the ruling party in upcoming parliamentary elections in Russia.
Serbia granted citizenship to Bosnian Serb war crimes defendant Mirko Vrucinic two months before he absconded from Bosnia and Herzegovina and failed to appear in court for closing arguments in his trial.