Bosnia

FROM THE FIELD: facing up to the extreme mental health pressures of conflict

For those caught up in conflict situations, the trauma can lead to severe mental health problems. This is also the case for the humanitarian workers who are trying to help them.

‘Step backwards’ for Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region as assembly reneges on Srebrenica genocide report

The Republika Srpska National Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina drew concern from the top United Nations expert on the Prevention of Genocide on Thursday, over its decision this week to revoke its endorsement of the 2004 Srebrenica Commission Report acknowledging genocide during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

At General Assembly, Bosnia and Herzegovina stresses central role of UN in preventing war

The leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country born two decades ago in the deadliest fighting in Europe since the Second World War, today stressed the centrality of the United Nations in resolving crises before they degenerate into war and the flight of refugees.

Positive outlooks mired by divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Security Council told

Briefing the United Nations Security Council, High Representative Valentin Inzko said that though there have been some positive developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, these have been overshadowed by parties focusing exclusively on the ethnic distribution of the population around the country.

UN welcomes 'historic' guilty verdict against Radovan Karadžić

Calling today “historic” for the people of former Yugoslavia and for international criminal justice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed support for the victims who suffered under former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, following his guilty verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Bosnia and Herzegovina, once post-conflict ‘shining star,’ is moving in wrong direction, Security Council warned

Two decades after peace accords ended the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina is moving in the wrong direction after years of being the “shining star” of peace building and is threatened by Republika Srpska’s decision to hold a referendum, the United Nations Security Council was warned today.

Fleeing conflicts, record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed Mediterranean so far in 2015 – UN

War, conflict or persecution forced most of the 137,000 desperate people who made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015, making this primarily a refugee crisis, a new report from the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Bosnia and Herzegovina must take 'fresh chance' it has been given, Security Council told

As Bosnia and Herzegovina readies to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the Second World War, it must seize the opportunity to “finally say farewell to the politics of the past” and decisively commit to a new way of doing politics that puts the interests of citizens firmly in first place, the United Nations Security Council heard today.

UN experts warn against release of former commander convicted in Srebrenica genocide

A group of United Nations human rights experts today have voiced alarm over the potential imminent release of Milorad Trbic, who was convicted in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court of committing genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ‘spiteful, tit-for-tat politics’ hurting citizens, Security Council told

Ahead of the ‘hotly contested’ elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a senior United Nations official today warned the Security Council that the country is politically heading in the wrong direction and that politicians might try to raise inter-ethnic tensions to divert attention from real problems.