Balkan Legal News

Updated: Nov 17

The following media round up on international, legal and foreign policy issues from around the Balkans for the period from 4 November to 9 November 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 nenadv@guernica37.com for consideration.


Kosovo – 9 November 2022

EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo has deployed its reserved police force in Serb-majority northern Kosovo following the mass resignation of ethnic Serb police in a dispute with the government. The full article can be found here.

Romania – 9 November 2022

Ukrainian ambassador to Bucharest asks Romanian PM Nicolae Ciuca to recognise the deadly famine created on Stalin's orders 'as an act of genocide of the Ukrainianpeople'. The full article can be found here.


North Macedonia – 8 November 2022

The election of the new head of the key prosecutor's office in North Macedonia caused suspicions after a candidate won with a very sparseportfolio and with suspected affiliations to the junior ruling party. The full article can be found here.


Serbia – 8 November 2022

Belgrade HigherCourt sentenced allegedwartime Kosovo Liberation Army member Petrit Dula to two years in prison for participating in the beating of a civilian in Kosovo in 1999. The full article can be found here.


Moldova – 8 November 2022

An investigation by Moldovan journalists and a Russianexile NGO allegedthat former pro- Russian president Igor Dodon was paid by Moscow to represent its interests in Moldova. The full article can be found here.

Albania – 8 November 2022

Albania’s state police and Interior Ministryfailed to respondto questions about a huge leak of data that was reportedly stolen by Iranian hackers from the country’s most important security institution, the State Information Service. The full article can be found here.

Bosnia and Hercegovina – 8 November 2022

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, GREVIO, said in a new report that it welcomeslegal changes to combat violence against women introduced by the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The full article can be found here. Kosovo – 4 November 2022

As a judge signalled the impending end of the pre-trial phase of the war crime case against ex-President Hashim Thaci and his co-defendants, the defence announced it wants former NATO officer Wesley Clark to be a witness. The full article can be found here.

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