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.

Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina merits ‘close watch,’ Security Council told

The sustained attention of the international community is vital to helping Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path to prosperity and political stability, the Security Council heard today, as it extended the mandate of the European peacekeepers tasked with ensuring the continued compliance by all sides with the 1995 peace agreement that ended fighting in the country.

Politics has too much sway over culture, education in Bosnia and Herzegovina – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern at the extent to which political bodies have influence over cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and urged the Government to ensure that people have opportunities to engage freely in cultural life.

Security Council extends mandate of European peacekeepers in Bosnia for another year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the European peacekeepers tasked with ensuring the continued compliance by all sides with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina seeing rise in divisive behaviour, Security Council told

Political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina are failing to produce what they should be 17 years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended fighting in the country and secessionist rhetoric is on the rise, the Security Council heard today.

UN expert calls for Bosnia and Herzegovina to speed up redress for women victims of wartime violence

Noting that heightened levels of domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often linked to the country’s legacy of its 1990s war, a United Nations independent expert today called for its Government to “speed up” justice and reparations measures for women who are the victims of violence.

Independent UN rights expert calls for greater inclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina must do more to ensure ethnic and religious inclusion at all levels of society and prevent the damaging divisions that lead to conflict, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.