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Eldin Hadzovic is a journalist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 20 years of experience in a wide range of topics and journalistic forms.
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Twice Abandoned: Bosnia's Orphans Left in Neglect

15 Nov 2012  |  Balkan Insight
Bosnia's orphans face severe neglect and inadequate care due to a dysfunctional state system. Many children in orphanages come from unstable families, and the institutions themselves are plagued by poor conditions, lack of oversight, and insufficient support. Experts and social workers criticize the government for failing to implement effective adoption policies and for not addressing the systemic issues that leave these vulnerable children without proper care. The complex political structure of Bosnia, divided into the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, further complicates efforts to improve the situation, leading to widespread inequality and neglect.

Zeljko Komsic, All Teeth but No Backbone

22 Mar 2012  |  Balkan Insight
Bosnians are confused by Zeljko Komsic's recent actions, where he quit the Social Democrat party out of principle only to return two days later, raising questions about his commitment to those principles.

Bosnia Fails to Draw Line Under Dobrovoljacka Case

24 Jan 2012  |  Balkan Insight
Bosnia’s State Prosecution has ended its investigation into senior officials regarding the 1992 attack on a JNA convoy in Sarajevo, citing insufficient evidence of crime. The decision, made by prosecutor Jude Romano, has faced criticism and may exacerbate ethnic tensions. Serbia continues its parallel investigation and may issue international arrest warrants. The case remains unresolved, with potential implications for Bosnia's ethnic relations and judicial credibility.

Bosnia Parliament To Vote on Would-Be Premier

29 Jun 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Slavo Kukic's prospects of becoming Bosnia's next Prime Minister appear slim due to a lack of support from Republika Srpska (RS). Despite Bosnia's failure to form a state government nine months after the general election, Kukic remains optimistic about securing a simple majority in the state parliament to advance to the second round of voting. However, Serbian parties from RS, including the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) and the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD), have expressed strong opposition to his candidacy. Additionally, the main Bosnian Croat parties, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and HDZ 1990, have also refused to support Kukic.

Tuzla Pioneers Energy Use Analyzer in Bosnia

24 Jun 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Jasmin Imamovic, Mayor of Tuzla, and Igor Palandzic from UNDP signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) in Tuzla. This web application, developed by UNDP Croatia, will monitor and analyze energy and water consumption in public buildings, aiming to increase energy efficiency and achieve financial savings. The project aligns with the EU's priorities for Bosnia's potential membership candidacy. Similar initiatives are planned for Sarajevo and Banja Luka.

Bosnian Serbs and Croats Snub PM Nominee

23 Jun 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Slavo Kukic, the nominee for Bosnia's Prime Minister, faces significant opposition from the main Serbian and Croatian parties, including the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats and the Croatian Democratic Union. Despite his efforts to gain support, Kukic has been unable to secure backing from key political entities, prolonging the nine-month deadlock in forming a state government. The European Parliament's Jelko Kacin emphasized that the core issue is the ongoing failure to establish a state-level government, rather than Kukic's candidacy itself.

Sarajevo Sex Abuse Professors Face Life Ban

15 Jun 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The ethics committee of the University of Sarajevo has ruled that law professors Bajro Golic and Zdravko Lucic, accused of sexually exploiting students, should be banned from educational and scientific activities for life. Sanjin Omanovic, another suspect, was suspended for two years, while former Dean Fuad Saltaga received a reprimand for inaction. The scandal, dating back several years, involved professors exchanging exam questions for sexual services. The Cantonal Court in Tuzla had previously sentenced Jasmin Masic, the chauffeur involved, to two years in prison for abetting prostitution.

Regional Leaders Discuss Reconciliation, Cooperation

Regional Conference in Bosnia Looks to Move Balkans Forward

Bosnian Serb MPs Drop Controversial Referendum

02 Jun 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The National Assembly of Republika Srpska repealed a controversial referendum proposed by President Milorad Dodik, which would have challenged Bosnia's state court and prosecution. The decision followed a month-long crisis and a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, leading to an agreement to hold a dialogue on judicial reform. Opposition leaders criticized Dodik for devaluing the referendum tool, while ruling party members supported the decision, viewing it as a diplomatic success.

Bosnia Debates Supreme Court Proposal

20 May 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The OSCE has recommended the establishment of a supreme court in Bosnia to harmonize the interpretation of criminal law, alongside granting constitutional status to the state court and prosecutor’s office. This proposal has sparked debate, with Bosnian Serb leaders, including Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and the SNSD party, opposing the centralization of judicial power. In contrast, Bosniak parties support the idea, viewing it as a guarantor of stability. The discussion follows a recent dispute over a proposed referendum on the state court and prosecution in Republika Srpska, which was dropped after EU intervention. The EU is expected to discuss Bosnia’s judicial system, though it is unclear if the supreme court proposal will be on the agenda.

Bosnia: Dodik Agrees to Drop Disputed Referendum

13 May 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Milorad Dodik, president of Republika Srpska, agreed to reconsider a controversial referendum after meeting with EU officials Catherine Ashton and Miroslav Lajcak. The referendum, which faced international criticism and threats of annulment, questioned the legitimacy of laws imposed by the High Representative in Bosnia. Dodik expressed confidence in gaining parliamentary support for the new decision and highlighted the EU's readiness to engage in structured dialogue on Bosnia's judiciary issues. Ashton reaffirmed the EU's commitment to Bosnia's progress and scheduled further meetings with Bosnian leaders.

Bosnian Football Delegation Gets Support From FIFA, UEFA

13 May 2011  |  Balkan Insight
A Bosnian football delegation met with FIFA and UEFA representatives in Zurich, reaching an agreement to lift Bosnia's suspension from international play. The suspension was initially imposed due to the refusal of Bosnia's football federation to change its statute. The normalization committee, led by Ivica Osim, has been working to amend the statutes to meet international regulations. FIFA and UEFA expressed satisfaction with the committee's progress and support for their efforts, with the expectation that the new statutes will be approved by the deadline of May 26.

Tension Grows Ahead of Bosnia Referendum Ruling

Bosnia Envoy Hesitates to Ban Serb Vote

09 May 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Valentin Inzko, Europe's top envoy to Bosnia, refrained from using his international powers to ban a referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity, giving them additional time to reconsider. The Republika Srpska parliament had voted to hold a referendum on withdrawing recognition of the state court and prosecutor, which Inzko described as a serious violation of the 1995 peace agreement. The report accuses Republika Srpska authorities, particularly President Milorad Dodik, of undermining Bosnia's territorial integrity and obstructing state institutions. While some Bosnian Serb leaders, like Emil Vlajki, hinted at a possible compromise, others, including Dodik, remained defiant. The situation remains tense, with potential implications for Bosnia's political stability.

Bosnian Serbs May Leave State Institutions, Reports Say

04 May 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Bosnian Serb officials may leave state institutions if High Representative Valentin Inzko imposes sanctions against Serb leaders. This follows the Republika Srpska's decision to hold a referendum on the state court, which has been condemned by other ethnic groups and the international community. Inzko has warned he will annul the decision if the National Assembly does not. Key figures like Sredoje Novic and Milorad Dodik have expressed their positions, while opposition leader Mladen Ivanic remains uncertain about the SNSD's capacity to follow through on their threats.

Bosnia’s Federation Condemns Serb Court Referendum

28 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Bosnia’s Federation parliament adopted a declaration condemning Republika Srpska's decision to hold a referendum on the State Court and Prosecutor’s Office, reaffirming commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration and the Dayton Peace Accords. The declaration rejects challenges to state-level judicial institutions and condemns attacks on state agencies. Opposition Croat parties did not attend the session, while Serb representatives criticized the declaration. The referendum decision, deemed unconstitutional by international representatives, is set for June.

Serbia’s Tadic Hosts Turkish, Bosnian Heads of State

26 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Serbian President Boris Tadic hosted Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Bosnia’s tripartite presidency in Karadjordjevo, Serbia, to discuss regional cooperation and EU integration. Tadic emphasized Serbia's commitment to Bosnia's territorial integrity and the importance of processing war crimes. The leaders stressed the need for improved bilateral and trilateral cooperation and addressed issues such as war crimes indictments and the controversial referendum in Republika Srpska. The meeting aimed to maintain peace and stability in the Balkans, with a focus on mutual understanding and respect for sovereignty.

Bosnian Serb MPs Approve Vote on Scrapping State Court

14 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The National Assembly of Republika Srpska approved a proposal by President Milorad Dodik to hold a referendum on the state-level war crimes court and the laws imposed by the High Representative in Bosnia. The referendum, which has not yet been scheduled, is seen by the High Representative as an attempt to undermine state law and the Dayton peace agreement. The decision faces potential blockage by the Council of Peoples. Dodik argues the court disproportionately prosecutes Serbs, while critics warn the referendum could destabilize Bosnia's judicial institutions.

Bosnia: Visit to Former Detention Camp Highlights Dispute

11 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
A group of students from Munich will visit Omarska, a former Bosnian Serb detention camp, as part of a school project. The visit highlights ongoing disputes over access to the site and the establishment of a memorial. AcelorMittal, the company owning the site, has restricted access to only the 'White House,' a building notorious for severe beatings. Former detainees and victims' associations express concerns over the limited access and the delay in creating a memorial. The Hague Tribunal and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia have documented severe human rights abuses at the camp during the 1990s war.

Dubrovnik Shelling Suspect Also Faces Probe in Bosnia

07 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
Bozidar Vucurevic, former mayor of Trebinje and founder of the Serbian Democratic Party, is under investigation by Bosnia’s judicial authorities for crimes committed during the Bosnian War. Detained by Serbian police on a Croatian warrant, Vucurevic faces charges of war crimes in Dubrovnik and persecution of civilians in Trebinje. The investigation includes forced mobilization and the death of Srdjan Aleksic, a Serb soldier killed for aiding a Bosniak civilian.

Bosnia Reacts to Arrest of Mayor Accused of Dubrovnik Crimes

05 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The arrest of Bozidar Vucurevic, a Bosnian Serb and former mayor of Trebinje, has sparked mixed reactions in Bosnia. While Bosniak politicians welcome the arrest, Bosnian Serb representatives, including Mladen Bosic and Milorad Dodik, condemn it, viewing it as part of a broader pattern of targeting Serbs. Vucurevic, accused of war crimes during the Croatian War of Independence, was detained on a Croatian warrant. His case is linked to the arrest of retired Bosnian general Jovan Divjak. The High Court in Sabac has placed Vucurevic in extradition detention, awaiting further documentation from Croatian authorities.

Extradition Case Drags on for Bosnian General

04 Apr 2011  |  Balkan Insight
The extradition case of Bosnian General Jovan Divjak, arrested in Austria on a Serbian war crimes warrant, is mired in political controversy. Serbia has requested his extradition, while Bosnia's request appears delayed due to internal political struggles. Bosnia's Security Minister Sadik Ahmetovic and Ambassador to Austria Haris Hrle emphasize the political motives behind the arrest and express confidence in Austria's judicial process. Divjak's legal team plans to request his release, drawing parallels to the previously rejected extradition of Ejup Ganic. The case could impact regional bilateral relations.

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