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Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia’s next crisis (Carl Bildt, Project-Syndicate, The Strategist)

The Russian threat to Ukraine isn’t the only potential crisis in Eastern Europe this year. Bosnia and Herzegovina is heading for a period of deep political turmoil, with a key election scheduled for October.

Bosnia has never been an uncomplicated place. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it generated one crisis after another, eventually contributing to the outbreak of World War I. Then, with the breakup of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century, it was the site of a brutal war between Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks), Serbs and Croats.

Bosnia’s next crisis | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

 

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Europe

MEPs accuse EU official of supporting Serb secession (Al Jazeera)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is being asked to investigate an EU official’s alleged role in assisting Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik’s separatist escalation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In a letter addressed to von Der Leyen released on Wednesday, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wrote that a leaked document suggests that EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi “openly colluded [with Dodik] in potentially breaking up Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

MEPs accuse EU official of supporting Serb secession | European Union News | Al Jazeera

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Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ethnic Serbs Celebrate Republika Srpska Day Despite Ban By Bosnia Court (RFE RL)

Ethnic Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb-dominated entity celebrated what they call their “national day” holiday, which the country’s top court has twice declared unconstitutional.

Ethnic Serbs Celebrate Republika Srpska Day Despite Ban By Bosnia Court (rferl.org)

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Bosnian Serbs hold nationalist celebration despite ban, sanctions (Al Jazeera)

Bosnian Serbs have held public celebrations to mark their autonomous Serb Republic’s national holiday, defying a top court’s ban of the commemoration and US sanctions slapped on their leader Milorad Dodik this week.

The January 9 holiday commemorates the date in 1992 when Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of their own state in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It ignited a devastating, nearly four-year-long war which led to some 100,000 people being killed.

Bosnian Serbs hold nationalist celebration despite ban, sanctions | News | Al Jazeera

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Germany

Germany Pulls Plan To Honor Israeli Holocaust Historian Over Srebrenica Comments (RFE RL)

The German government has scrapped plans to award the country’s highest honor to an Israeli Holocaust historian due criticism about his work on genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had planned to present the Order of Merit to Gideon Greif, but the presidential office and Foreign Ministry said they would review the plans for the award in October.

Germany Pulls Plan To Honor Israeli Holocaust Historian Over Srebrenica Comments (rferl.org)

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Russia

Widening Cracks in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dodik’s Russian Mission (Margarita Assenova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Emboldened by Moscow and Belgrade, Milorad Dodik, the Bosnian Serbs leader in Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed on his October announcement that Republika Srpska (Serb Republic) would start withdrawing from shared state institutions, including the army, judiciary, tax system and security services (RTV, December 10). On December 10, the Serb entity’s national assembly voted to begin the process, which, if permitted to proceed, could result not only in the breakup of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a state but also trigger a new Balkan war. The previous week, Dodik visited Moscow and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to secure the Kremlin’s political support for Republika Srpska’s eventual secession (Kommersant, December 2; TASS, December 3). The Russian ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Igor Kalabukhov, said last month that he saw no problem with Milorad Dodik’s idea of an independent Republika Srpska within Bosnia-Herzegovina (B92, November 11).

Widening Cracks in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dodik’s Russian Mission – Jamestown

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Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia Arrests Five More War Crimes Suspects As Sweep Continues (RFE RL)

The Investigation and Protection Agency of Bosnia-Herzegovina (SIPA) says five former soldiers have been arrested in Sarajevo for committing crimes against Serb civilians who were prisoners of war between 1992 and 1994 during the Bosnian War.

SIPA said in a statement on December 7 that at least eight civilians were killed and more than 100 injured by the five soldiers, who are accused of unlawful imprisonment, torture, abuse, forced labor, and inflicting bodily and mental harm, along with murder.

Bosnia Arrests Five More War Crimes Suspects As Sweep Continues (rferl.org)

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Bosnia-Herzegovina USA

U.S. Envoy For Bosnian Election Reform Seeks ‘Limited, Targeted’ Constitutional Change (RFE RL)

A special U.S. envoy for election reform in Bosnia-Herzegovina has told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service ahead of a trip to the region that Washington sees “limited, targeted constitutional change” as a key aspect of a reform push ahead of elections next year.

U.S. Envoy For Bosnian Election Reform Seeks ‘Limited, Targeted’ Constitutional Change (rferl.org)

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Bosnia Opens Modern Migrant Camp After Outcry Over Humanitarian Crisis (RFE RL)

A new migrant center capable of registering up to 1,500 people opened in Bosnia-Herzegovina on November 19, following heavy criticism about how the Balkan country treated asylum-seekers trying to reach the European Union.

The new, organized Lipa camp, in the northwestern Krajina region, replaces a makeshift camp destroyed in a fire last December, leaving hundreds of migrants in the cold, with no facilities, heat, or food.

Bosnia Opens Modern Migrant Camp After Outcry Over Humanitarian Crisis (rferl.org)

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