“9 December is International Day for the Fight Against Corruption. No one in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be told about the damage done by this poison. Since I took over as British Ambassador here three months ago, it is probably the single subject I have heard most about in my conversations with people. Corruption is not unique to BiH, and found in many countries trying to transition to more open and fair societies. But it reaches far into daily life, and is a major driver of the exodus of qualified and talented people, looking to live their lives elsewhere.” (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
“Despite all the turbulence and problems Bosnia’s Presidency is facing since its three members were inaugurated last month, the Bosniak member believes that it eventually will start functioning properly because the law is above any of the three.
In an interview with N1 on Sunday, Sefik Dzaferovic said he was not happy when his Serb colleague Milorad Dodik left the meeting with the Peace Implementation Council over the absence of the flag of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated semi-autonomous Republika Srpska (RS) flag in the room.” (N1)
“His right arm was swollen and badly bruised. He didn’t so much walk as shuffle because of injuries to his legs that, like those elsewhere on his body, he said were inflicted by Croatian police batons.
Grimacing from pain and exhaustion as he staggered back into Bosnia last month after yet another fruitless effort to sneak across the border into Croatia and enter the European Union, Aman Mutani, a 23-year-old from India, muttered the words that European leaders these days long to hear.
“There is no hope,” he said, tears of despair and shame welling in his eyes. “I am going home.”
With anti-immigrant populists on the rise across Europe, and even the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in retreat from her open-door refugee policy, Europe’s long struggle to reconcile political reality with human sympathy for desperate people has come to an end in the forested hills along northwestern Bosnia’s border with Croatia.” (NY Times)
“The accused Boško Dević was found guilty that within a widespread and systematic attack launched by the Army of Republika Srpska, police and paramilitary formations on Bosniak civilians in the territory of the Ključ municipality, knowing of the attack and that his actions constituted part of the attack, as a member of the Army of Republika Srpska he committed persecution of Bosniak civilians on ethnic and religious grounds by murder, when he and K.M., A.Z. and R.O., armed with firearms, in the evening hours of 11 August 1992, in the settlement of Gornji Kamičak, Municipality of Ključ, took from their homes four Bosniak civilians and, with the intention to kill them, took them through the village of Gornji Kamičak towards the exit from the village onto the main road, where they killed them by inflicting on them heavy bodily injuries and by firing from their firearms; on 12 August 1992 their bodies with visible injuries were found at the same site and taken to the cemetery in Donji Kamičak where all four of them were buried.” (Sarajevo Times)
“Sarajevo International Airport (SIA) welcomed on Wednesday its one millionth passenger in 2018, registering a new annual record in its history.
‘This is an important day for Sarajevo International Airport, given that, for the first time in its history a record one million passengers were served in one year,’ SIA’s announcement said.
This represents a 9 percent growth year-on-year. In addition, SIA has hit a record by handling nearly 12,000 flights and more than 2 million kilograms of cargo goods in one year.” (Sarajevo Times)