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
In this special edition of TV Justice we bring you a testimony by Djulsa Velic, who survived the Srebrenica genocide. At the age of 49 she left Srebrenica in July 1995 alongside around 40,000 women, children and the elderly who were transferred in a convoy of buses and trucks from Potocari to Kladanj. During that summer more than 7,000 men and boys were killed in Srebrenica and its surroundings. Djulsa Velic’s story about surviving the genocide was recorded by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina and Srebrenica Memorial Center as part of “The Lives behind the Fields of Death” project a month before her death.
For seven years now, employees of state institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina been able to report corruption and be granted the status of whistleblowers or protected denouncers of corruption. But so far, only a few of them have received such a status. One of them decided to publicly denounce corruption through an investigation published by BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more than a year, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina has monitored disciplinary action that was subsequently initiated against the whistleblower, although the law should have protected him. He was recently fired and disciplinary action is still being conducted against him. In this episode, you can see what whistleblowers have gone through after reporting corruption, why they are still not protected and how that can be changed.
A few weeks ago, a minor drew a Nazi swastika on an obituary notice for a Jewish man that had been affixed to a fence in Sarajevo. The incident came as a shock to residents of Sarajevo, but our research shows that for more than a decade, a movement has been openly promoting neo-Nazi ideology and anti-Semitism in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Federation entity.
The case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, former heads of Serbia's State Security Service who are charged with, among other things, the murders of six Srebrenica residents in Trnovo in July 1995, is the latest in which judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to determine the responsibility of the neighboring state for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and other countries in the region there are several groups whose members have previous convictions or publicly repeat right-wing sentiments while being involved in humanitarian work. On their social media pages, they claim they are helping the most vulnerable in society. However, the fact that in the past they have frequently promoted right-wing symbols or pro-Russian stances makes them different from other humanitarian organisations. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has investigated the ways in which these groups use humanitarian work, their reasons for doing so and the potential consequences for local communities and the societies in which they are operating.