The following media round up on international, legal and foreign policy issues from around the Balkans for the period from 25 April to 28 April 2022.
Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia . Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Albania – 27 April 2022
A law that plans to transfer management of Albania’s most important archaeological site to a foundation – and which keeps the financial side of the deal secret – has drawn fierce criticism in the country. The full article can be found here.
Kosovo – 27 April 2022
On Kosovo’s National Missing Persons Day, civil society activists called on the Pristina and Belgrade authorities to avoid politicisation of this sensitive issue and address it as a humanitarian problem. The full article can be found here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 27 April 2022
Ten Bosniak political and military leaders have been charged with war crimes over the Dobrovoljačka street attack in 1992 by the Bosnian state-level Prosecutor's Office. The suspects are accused of assaulting Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) personnel as they were leaving Sarajevo in an UN-escorted convoy. The full article can be found here.
Albania – 27 April 2022
The Appeals Chamber of the Vetting Process in Albania announced that Tirana’s Chief Prosecutor, Elizabeta Imeraj, had been fired for causing loss of trust in the justice system and for having been unable to justify or explain her assets. The full article can be found here.
Serbia – 28 April 2022
Serbia is coming under significant pressure over its policy towards Russia due to current events in Ukraine. A country on track to EU accession, with European values enshrined in its constitution and a near-majority supporting EU membership, it has long benefitted from cooperation both with Europe and Russia. But now, as a sharp turn further in the direction of either Russia or the EU looks relatively unlikely, Chinese influence is likely to increase. The full article can be found here.
Croatia – 28 April 2022
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Croatia must pay 5,000 euros in compensation because five Serb women, whose father was killed during the Croatian Army’s Operation Storm in 1995, were unlawfully made to pay court costs in a civil case they launched against the state in domestic courts. The full article can be found here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 28 April 2022
The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court sentenced the former commander of the Third Corps of the Bosnian Army, Sakib Mahmuljin, to a combined sentence of eight years for war crimes. The full article can be found here.
Montenegro – 28 April 2022
Montenegro’s parliament voted in a new minority government, the first in its history, with a one-year mandate to prepare for next spring’s early elections. The full article can be found here.