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EU enlargement chief in Bosnia in effort to keep crisis from boiling over (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov, Euractiv)

European Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi travels to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday and Thursday (24-25 November) in an effort to defuse the ongoing political crisis in the country that is once again cracking along ethnic lines after a bloody 1992-95 war.

EU enlargement chief in Bosnia in effort to keep crisis from boiling over – EURACTIV.com

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EU top military official voices support for Bosnia’s joint forces (Al Jazeera)

The European Union’s top military official has voiced support for the unified Bosnian armed forces on Thursday, after Serb leader Milorad Dodik had threatened to pull the Serb component out of the forces and form an exclusively Serb army within Bosnia.

The formation of the country’s joint armed forces (OSBiH), incorporating Serb, Croat and Bosniak components that fought each other in a 1990s war, has been praised as the greatest achievement since the conflict, in which about 100,000 died.

EU top military official voices support for Bosnia’s joint forces | Military News | Al Jazeera

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Bosnia – Why Bosnia’s ban on genocide denial was a necessity (Al Jazeera)

On July 23, the outgoing head of Bosnia's Office of the High Representative, Valentin Inzko, criminalised the denial and glorification of genocide in the country. [AP Photo]

On July 23, the outgoing head of Bosnia’s Office of the High Representative, Valentin Inzko, criminalised the denial and glorification of genocide in the country. [AP Photo]

On July 23, the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the top international body overseeing the implementation of the peace agreement that ended Bosnia’s war, criminalised the denial and glorification of genocide in the country. The outgoing OHR head, Valentin Inzko, announced that he has introduced jail terms for anyone who “publicly condones, denies, grossly trivialises or tries to justify” the genocide or other war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Genocide in Srebrenica, war crimes and crimes against humanity … must not be forgotten or denied,” his decree read. But why did Inzko feel the need to make such a move, some quarter of a century after the end of the war?

Why Bosnia’s ban on genocide denial was a necessity | Genocide | Al Jazeera

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Germany/Russia/Bosnia – Germany, Russia and the Gambit for Bosnia (RUSI)

Harun Karčić

Berlin wants to replace the country’s High Representative with its own candidate, but Russia has plans of its own.

https://rusi.org/commentary/germany-russia-and-gambit-bosnia

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(Bosnia) Former Bosnian general given 10-year sentence for war crimes (Al Jazeera)

Sakib Mahmuljin’s lawyers argue he was not responsible for killings carried out by foreign fighters of El Mujahid unit.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/22/former-bosnian-general-given-10-year-sentence-for-war-crimes

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EUROPE/BOSNIA – EU offers aid, urges Bosnia to rebuild burned refugee camp (Al Jazeera)

The European Union has announced additional funding to help vulnerable migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but urged the government there to rebuild a camp that burned down.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/3/eu-offers-aid-but-urges-bosnia-to-rebuild-burned-refugee-camp

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BOSNIA/MIGRANTS – ‘We will die’: Hundreds of migrants freezing in Bosnia camp (Al Jazeera)

Hundreds of migrants have been stranded in a squalid, burned-out tent camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina as heavy snow fell in the country and winter temperatures suddenly dropped

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/26/we-will-die-hundreds-of-migrants-freezing-in-bosnia-camp

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BOSNIA – Bosnia’s divided Mostar town holds first local vote in 12 years (Al Jazeera)

Citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ethnically divided town of Mostar are voting for their city councillors for the first time in 12 years, after the rival Croat and Bosniak parties that rule the town agreed on long-disputed electoral rules.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/20/bosnias-divided-mostar-holds-first-local-vote-in-12-years