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Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Serbia on Saturday reportedly asked [AP report] Russia to veto a British UN Security Council [official website] resolution that would call the incident during the Bosnian War in which 8000 Muslim men were murdered genocide. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Dutch appellate court ruled Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans, who ordered Bosnian Muslims away from a UN peacekeeping compound during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], will not be prosecuted. Karremans, along with two other soldiers, faced charges for forcing three Bosnian Muslim men to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday indicted [press release] 10 former Bosnian-Serb soldiers for war crimes committed during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. The men are accused of imprisoning, torturing and killing 20 people abducted from a train in eastern Bosnia in February … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF; press release] the majority of convictions for Bosnian Serb army General Zdravko Tolimir [case materials] for his involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder]. Tolimir was arrested in Serbia in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday indicted [press release] three people for war crimes committed against Serb victims. The indicted, Zdenko Andabak, Muamir Jasharevic and Sead Velagic, are accused of committing crimes against humanity against more than 300 Serb civilians between April 1992 and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A Belgrade court on Friday ordered a 30-day detention of eight Serbian suspects in connection with the 1995 Srebenica massacre [BBC backgrounder], in which some 8,000 Serbian Muslim men and boys were killed in a single town. The Belgrade Higher Court said the suspects must remain in jail due … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Serbian police on Wednesday arrested eight men suspected of having a direct role in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslim men and boys during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. In July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed in Srebrenica … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes prosecutors said Tuesday that five people have been charged [press release, PDF] with committing a wartime massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, with 10 more still under investigation in Bosnia. The massacre occurred in 1993, when the five allegedly abducted 20 people from a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court's ruling that former Bosnian guard Almaz Nezirovic is subject to extradition to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), after allegations that Nezirovic is responsible for war-crimes committed during … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law [text, PDF] allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the prosecution … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another's citizens during the 1990s wars that erupted after the division of Yugoslavia. Croatia had accused Serbia of committing genocide against native and ethic Croats, and in a … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday upheld genocide convictions [judgment, PDF] for Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. The Trial Chamber of the ICTY … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Jan 2015
by Paul Williams of American University

JURIST Guest Columnists Dr. Paul Williams and Kelly Brouse of American University, discuss the indictment of Dragomir Vasic by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and emphasize the necessity for accountability not only during, but also after armed conflicts...On December 16, 2014, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina indicted Dragomir … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration [official website] of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official website] on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why Have … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] During a Holocaust memorial service at the Park East Synagogue in New York City on Saturday, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] said preventing genocide requires making concerted efforts to figure out the forces that cause it. Eliasson emphasized attempting to improve understanding between communities of different faiths, as … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The war crimes division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday confirmed the indictment [press release] of Dragomir Vasic on charges of genocide. The charges stem from the executions of Srebrenica Muslims during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. Vasic, who is currently a … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday warned against the possible release of convicted war criminal Milorad Trbic [press release] following the reversal of his sentence [text] by the Bosnian Constitutional Court [official website]. Trbic was convicted in 2009 of committing genocide in Srebrenica [BBC backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Netherlands Ministry of Defense [official website] has announced plans to appeal a July ruling finding Netherlands liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive]. The court found that the UN-backed Dutch troops failed to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments [JURIST report, video] last month. Karadzic is charged [ICTY … [read more]

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