Activists in Prijedor on White Armband Day 2014 hold a banner reading: "Because it concerns me" (Photo: Jer me se tice)
04 May 2015 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosnia’s wartime past is still an overly politicized topic. Twenty years on, the 1992-1995 conflict remains so controversial that most high-school history books mention it just briefly, if at all, to avoid tension. Only in the last few years has a space opened to hear different voices, including the many twenty- and thirty-somethings who have questions. The movement is unfolding on Facebook and other online forums and blogs. Documentaries and virtual and real-life get-togethers organized by grassroots movements unite likeminded youth who want to uncover the reality of the war.

Al Jadeed journalist Karma Khayat flanked by defence lawyers at the opening hearing of her contempt trial (Photo: Flickr/STLebanon)
04 May 2015

IJT 181 examines what two contempt cases at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon show about the main in absentia trial seeking to uncover who killed Lebanese ex-premier Rafik Hariri.

Other features:

  • Will Kenya’s restorative justice fund sideline truth commission findings?
  • Will new reparations body in Ivory Coast fulfill promise? 
  • Hopeful to move forward, Bosnian millennials try to unearth war skeletons

News briefs:

  • Netherlands court backs decision not to prosecute Dutchbat soldiers over Srebrenica deaths
  • ​Controversial Libyan Senussi trial to enter final phase
06 September 2004 by -

Darko Mrdja was accused of crimes against humanity, namely murder and inhumane acts. The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia sentenced him to 17 years' imprisonment on 31 March 2004. Identity

  • Darko Mrdja was born on 28 June 1967 in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • In 1992, during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was a member of a special police unit, known as the « Intervention Squad », serving under the Bosnian Serb authorities in Prijedor.


01 June 2001 by -

President of the Municipality of Prijedor

Milomir Stakic was accused of crimes against humanity and violation of the laws or customs of war. The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia sentenced him to life imprisonment on 31 July 2003. Identity

06 September 2004 by -

Deputy prime minister of the Republika Srpska and member of the crisis staff in ARK (the Republic of Krajina)

Radislav Brdjanin is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. He has not yet been tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.

  • Radislav Brdjanin was born on 9 February 1948 in Popovac (BH).


21 February 2005 by -

On 11 February, a district court in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska (RS), acquitted 11 Bosnian-Serb police officers from Prijedor. The men were accused of having detained a Croatian Catholic priest and his parents in August and September 1995, reports the agency Fena. The three captives later disappeared and their bodies were not found until 2001, at the bottom of a well. The judges held there was no evidence to substantiate accusations against the 11 officers, and that the men had not given the order to hold the victims captive.


On 15 September, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic was adjourned for a month. After imposing lawyers on the accused and hea- ring only two defence witnesses, the Court was forced into an impasse when dozens of defence witnesses suddenly refused to give evidence in the space of a few days at The Hague.

15 April 2014 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

A new tentative excavation of a suspected mass grave of victims from the Bosnian war started on April 9, near Prijedor in Central Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to a local victims association, Izvor, some 500 people from the area are still considered missing, more than twenty years on. Some of the biggest mass graves of the region have already been discovered. But until now, no memorial has been built. 

15 April 2014

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