SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were indicted in Bosnia on Wednesday for a string of murders and bank robberies in what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on organized crime since the 1992-95 war.
The crimes stretch back over the past decade and illustrate how criminals from across Bosnia’s ethnic divide have managed to work together while ethnic bickering on the political level has stalled the country’s bid to join the European mainstream.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest movie competition in the Balkans, will open on August 16 and showcase 214 films, but this year’s edition faces deep budget cuts which organizers blamed on the political and economic crisis in Bosnia.
Bosnia’s Oscar-winning film director Danis Tanovic, whose acclaimed docu-drama “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” opens the festival, will chair the jury, SFF director Mirsad Purivatra told a news conference.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Lawmakers moved to end a near year-long political standoff that has paralyzed government in Bosnia’s autonomous Muslim-Croat federation on Thursday, when they finally agreed to appoint judges to a top court.
The decision will allow the Muslim, Serb and Croat judges to meet in the Constitutional Court and reach a long-delayed ruling on the validity of a new coalition government which ministers had hoped to set up last year.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – About 3,000 demonstrators blocked downtown Sarajevo’s streets on Monday in a sit-down protest at the failure of Bosnian lawmakers to pass a law on the registration of newborn babies.
The protesters included young mothers who set up an improvised playgroup for babies on the lawn outside parliament.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The Serbian part of Bosnia’s presidency – which is shared between three ethnic groups – has rejected border regulations that are due to come into force when neighboring Croatia joins the EU next month.
The other two parts of Bosnia’s presidency – representing Muslims and Croats – have accepted the regulations which are needed to ensure people and goods can still cross the border after July 1.
Three Roman Catholic monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth for 130 years.
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia, June 13 (Reuters) – Three Roman Catholic
monks are fighting to keep alive a monastic cheese-making
tradition in Bosnia that has been passed down by word of mouth
for 130 years.
The pale yellow Trappist cheese made by monks of the Marija
Zvijezda monastery once graced the tables of royal courts in
Vienna and Belgrade, survived two world wars, a ban on public
sale by communist rulers and the break-up of Yugoslavia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Around 5,000 Bosnians marched in Sarajevo on Tuesday to voice growing public anger over political paralysis, symbolized by the case of a baby who had to wait to travel abroad for a stem-cell transplant because authorities could not assign her an ID number.
It was the largest in a week of protests in the Bosnian capital sparked by the failure of lawmakers to agree new legislation on citizen ID numbers. The row has left babies born since February unregistered, and therefore denied passports or medical cards.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters blockaded parliament in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on Thursday, venting anger over a political dispute that has left the country unable to register newborn babies for months.
The protesters, mainly students and young parents with babies, surrounded the assembly, held back by police and preventing anyone except journalists from entering or leaving the building.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian legal experts presented on Wednesday a U.S.-backed plan to reform one of the Balkan state’s two autonomous regions, a month after it was warned that its bid to join the European Union would be frozen without constitutional changes.
Bosnia’s Serbs, Muslims and Croats differ over how to change a governing structure enshrined in their 1995 peace treaty dividing it into a Serb Republic and a Muslim-Croat Federation with a weak central government in Sarajevo.