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.
The authorities are making preparations to reintegrate Bosnian supporters of Islamic State when they return from camps in Syria – and considering whether female ISIS followers should be prosecuted for joining the militants.
More than 50 Serbs, including three young children, were killed in an attack by the Bosnian Army on the village of Josanica near Foca in December 1992, but no one has yet been brought to justice for the crime.