“As the trial of General Ratko Mladic, overall commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the war of 1992-1995 comes to a close, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia will effectively shut up shop. But questions will remain about the fate of hundreds of others accused of violating the laws of war. Bosnia Herzegovina will continue to try people in its courts, but in that republic the question of going on with prosecutions divides opinion. During the 24 years of its work the Tribunal indicted more than 160 people. They ranged from guards at the infamous Omarska camp, where non-Serbs were held in appalling conditions in 1992, to the architects of the assault on Srebrenica three years later, where more than 8,000 Muslim men were murdered.When Mevludin Oric goes back to eastern Bosnia he sometimes spots men who he last saw in 1995 executing hundred of his kin from Srebrenica. ‘They are walking, laughing in my face,’ says Mevludin, ‘and saying ‘I am the one who killed Muslims, Turks’ and they are walking free..'” (BBC News)
“Europe’s latest separatist threat is in its most volatile region: the Balkans. Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik wants to pull his faction out of Bosnia-Herzegovina, breaking the tripartite power-sharing agreement that has kept it together since the 1995 peace accord that ended Europe’s deadliest conflict since World War II. Dodik’s stance has earned him economic sanctions from the U.S.He can rely on a longtime friend: Russia. Dodik and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met seven times since March 2011, according to Kremlin records. He’s also met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov five times in the last decade. And Russia is the No. 2 investor in Dodik’s territory, Republika Srpska, after Serbia.” (Stars and Stripes)
“A delegation of the US Embassy in BiH, led by the Deputy Ambassador Paul Horowitz had an official visit to the Sarajevo Canton today. Some of the topics of talks with Prime Minister Elmedin Konakovic were state of the water supply, air pollution and measures to be taken to improve conditions in these areas. Furthermore, the issue of language in schools and the work of the Government Team KS to fight corruption were discussed.” (translated from Klix)
The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, D.C., hosted American diplomats that are set to be posted in at the US Embassy in Bosnia on November 16, 2017. According to a Facebook post, they discussed “social and social issues, justice, culture, security challenges and the current political moment in BiH and the region,” and expressed “heartfelt greetings” to diplomats continuing their career in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The Eurobiker Association from Germany is organizing a major humanitarian action in the next year, within which medical equipment will be donated to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo and Macedonia. In order to find out what is most needed in Gorazde, representatives of the Eurobiker Association will visit this city on November 25 and meet with representatives of health institutions, and officials of BPK and City of Goražde. The hosts are members of the Moto Club Goražde.” (Sarajevo Times)