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.
A hospital concealed underground to avoid artillery fire in the Bosnian town of Olovo managed to save hundreds of lives during the war – and medics who worked there hope it can be preserved as a permanent monument.
Ahead of Ratko Mladic’s appeal against his conviction for genocide and other wartime crimes, Srebrenica victims’ relatives are becoming anxious about the outcome after judges were replaced for alleged bias against the Bosnian Serb commander.
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.
Over the past four years, more than two million euros have been dedicated to building memorials honouring military and civilian casualties of the Bosnian war – but most only commemorate victims from the dominant ethnic group in each area.