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.

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01 April 2010 by -

The trial of Radovan Karadžić is scheduled to resume on 13 April with the start of the presentation of the prosecution’s evidence.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The order was made on the back of the appeals chamber’s dismissal of Karadžić’s appeal  to allow him to postpone his trial.

29 March 2011 by -

Prosecutors at a UN tribunal  demanded life in prison Tuesday for ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic, on  trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"It is our request that your honours convict General Perisic for  all counts in the indictment and that you impose a sentence of life for the  commission of those offences," prosecutor Mark Harmon told judges at the  International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sitting in The  Hague.

05 July 2004 by -

The West has strongly upped its pressure on the Republika Srpska (RS) authorities, which have long been accused of sheltering war criminals, including the former political leader of the Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the ICTY.

05 July 2004 by -

A court in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) has sentenced a 51-year-old Bosnian Serb to ten years' imprisonment for war crimes committed against Muslim civilians at the start of the war in Bosnia (1992-1995). Vlastimir Pusara was found guilty on 29 June, as a member of the Bosnian Serb forces, of taking part in an artillery attack on the town of Hadzici, near Sarajevo, that left 3 civilians dead, according to the news agency SRNA. Pusara was also convicted of holding Muslim civilians prisoner and of committing robbery.

23 May 2005 by -

Radovan Stankovic, a Bosnian Serb accused of taking part in the mass rape and enslavement of Bosnian women and girls in Foca in 1992, has become the first accused to be referred by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to a national court. If none of the parties appeals the Hague judges' decision of 17 May 2005, Stankovic will stand trial before the war crimes chamber in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. The ruling should be a confidence boost for the new and inexperienced war crimes court.


The big event was the opening on 9 March of the special war crimes chamber in Sarajevo. But a week earlier the Bosnian media was buzzing with shocked reactions to the indictment and departure to The Hague of the retired Bosnian general, Rasim Delic. The outcry caused by the surrender of Delic, who is seen as a "war hero", raises questions over whether the Bosnian environment is mature enough to ensure a fair trial for defendants on all sides of the conflict in former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnian Muslims.

23 July 2007 by -

Milan Lukic was to have been the most important defendants of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to be transferred to Sarajevo [IJT-39-66] for trial before the war crimes chamber in Bosnia-Herzegovina [IJT-31]. On July 11, the ICTY appeals chamber decided otherwise, reversing the opinion of the lower court, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

23 July 2007 by -

On July 18, Momcilo Mandic, who had been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, was acquitted by the war crimes chamber of Bosnia Herzegovina for lack of proof. Mandic was second in command at the Ministry of the Interior under the government of Radovan Karadzic, former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, who has been wanted by the ICTY for the past twelve years. Mandic is in fact serving a nine year prison sentence for embezzlement and providing support for fugitive war criminals, including Karadzic, the German news agency DPA reports.