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Fighting Against Impunity for Sexual Violence in War

The publication by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina presents an analysis of the criminal proceedings before the Bosnian State court between 2005 and 2013. The publication, which is titled ‘Fighting Against Impunity for Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Progress and Challenges’, highlights the problems, which must be overcome to prosecute perpatrators of these crimes.


Spotlight on Mladic: Villian or Celebrity?

The publication brings an overview of the media coverage of the arrest and the beginning of the trial of Ratko Mladic, who is charged with genocide and other crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Balkan media. The monitoring and analysis encompassed the highest-circulation dailies and weeklies in BiH, Serbia and Croatia.


History Over Trivia vol.II - Regional and International Media Coverage of the First Year of the Radovan Karadizc Trial

For the production of the second volume of History over Trivia, BIRN BiH analysed one thousand articles published during the first year of the Radovan Karadzic trial.


TRIAL: A Slap in the Face of Justice Expectations

Bosnian authorities have failed to provide access to justice and reparations for thousands of victims of rape and other sexual violence – says a report carried out by the Swiss organisation TRIAL.

Reviewed by Denis Dzidic


Reforming War-related Compensation as Part of Transitional justice in BiH

Compensation, transitional justice and conditional international credit in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Attempts to reform government payments to victims and veterans of the 1992-1995 war.

Reviewed by Jessie Hronesova


Time for Truth: Review of the Work of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH 2005-2010

Time for Truth provides the first complete summary of all ongoing and closed cases at the Court of BiH and the Appellate Court from 2005 – 2010.


OSCE: Success of War Crimes Processing Endangered

An OSCE report on Witness Protection and Support in War-Crimes Cases says, among other things, that Bosnia and Herzegovina has neither improved the position of victims and witnesses nor has it won their confidence in criminal proceedings and war-crimes cases.

Reviewed by Jasmina Djikoli



State Department: Judiciary Under Political Pressure

In its report on the state of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009, the US State Department mentions progress that has been made, as well as political pressure that has been put on the judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Reviewed by Jasmina Djikoli


OSCE: Inappropriate Interference With Judiciary

In its latest report the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina says that pressure on the work of judicial institutions goes beyond "acceptable criticism" and that accusations that war-crimes trials are motivated by ethnic affiliation are groundless.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH


Pursuit for Justice: Guide to the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH vol.II

The second volume of Pursuit for Justice analyses key legal documents that regulate the processing of war crimes cases by the Court of BiH and the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH.


History Overshadowed by Trivia vol.I - Regional Media Coverage of the Radovan Karadzic Arrest

History Overshadowed by Trivia focuses on media reports on the arrest of Radovan Karadzic in five countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.


The Transparency of Judiciary and Responsibility of the Media: Report from the Regional Conference held in Sarajevo

This regional conference, organised by BIRN in September 2009, aimed at bridging the gap between the judiciary, local government and media representatives from the Balkan region.


Memory and Justice - Online Database on Memorial Centers

The International Transitional Justice Center has created an online database called Memory and Justice, dedicated to memorial centers all over the world.

Prepared by BIRN BiH team


War in Numbers

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights from Serbia has published a book entitled “War in Numbers: Demographic Loss in the Wars Conducted on the Territory of former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1999”, written by Ewa Tabeau. 

Reviewed by BIRN BIH team


Amnesty International - Suffering in Silence

'Whose Justice? Bosnia and Herzegovina's Women Still Waiting' is the latest report by Amnesty Internationaldealing with problems facing victims of wartime sexual abuse 14 years after the end of the war.

Reviewed by Merima Husejnovic


Blue Helmets and Black Markets

The UN operation in Sarajevo kept people alive but also prolonged the siege by spawning a class of gangsters and profiteers that had no wish to see it come to an end.

Reviewed by Nidzara Ahmetasevic


Living and dying for Srebrenica

Survivors of the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War share their memories of events that must never be allowed to occur again.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH team


Testing Readiness to Face the Past

Sarajevo University's Human Rights Center publishes a Report on the State of Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2008, focusing in particular on war-crimes trials and related media reporting.

Reviewed by Aida Alic


UNICRI Publishes ICTY Best Practice Manual

The United Nations International Crimes and Research Institute, UNICRI, has published a manual of the Hague Tribunal's best practice with the aim of preserving the Tribunal's legacy.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH team


OSCE: Harmonised Application of Criminal Code

The OSCE mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued a publication in which it deals with the non-existence uniform application of the Criminal Code in war crimes proceedings and gives recommendations for future cases.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH team


International Review Praises War Crimes Chamber

ICTJ hails Bosnia court as role model elsewhere, while lamenting lack of solid relationship with the general public and media.

Reviewed by Nidzara Ahmetasevic


UNDP's Publication on Uniform Handling of War Crime Cases

A new UNDP report concludes that the current capacities of local courts and prosecutor's offices are insufficient for processing of a significant number of war crimes cases.

Reviewed by Erna Mackic


HRW - Bosnia ‘Must Speed Up’ War Crimes Probes

International rights group Human Rights Watch has urged authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to reform entity courts and laws so to speed up war crimes investigations.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH team


HRW - Praise and Blame for BiH

A Human Rights Watch report has noted that the local judiciary has made significant progress in the processing of war crimes indictees, but has also noted a range of deficiencies.

Reviewed by BIRN BiH team


Crime and Punishment: Trials Conducted Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for War Crimes Committed in BiH

Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) pronounced its first verdict for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a complete overview of its work has been made available to the public.

Reviewed by Selma Boracic


War crimes in BiH: Criminal procedures in BiH 1992-2006 - Indictments, appeals, verdicts

For the first time since 1992, an overview of all war crimes processes that have taken place before local courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina is been presented in one publication.

Reviewed by Merima Husejnovic


Report About War Time Rapes in Visegrad

Handful who survived town's infamous rape camp fear they will never obtain justice. 
Standing in front of her former home in Visegrad, Bakira Hasecic recalls the day 14 years ago when her life was turned upside down.

Prepared by Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Nerma Jelacic and Selma Boracic


Pursuit for Justice: Guide to the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH vol.I

Pursuit for Justice explains the main differences between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, and the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH. It provides the reader with an overview of the Bosnian court’s mandate, major functions, and structure.