Tuesday, July 07, 2015

News and Features on the Balkans

Amnesty Documents 'Shameful' Abuse Of Migrants In Balkans

Amnesty International has accused Balkan countries of mistreating migrants passing through their territories on the way to the European Union, saying people fleeing war are being "shamefully let down."

Weapons Factory Explodes In Montenegro, Killing One

One person was killed and several others injured in an explosion at a weapons factory in Montenegro.

Serbia Asks Russia To Veto UN Resolution On Srebrenica

Serbia is reported to have asked Russia to veto a UN Security Council resolution that would call the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Bosnian war in Srebrenica genocide.

Nikolic Won't Attend Srebrenica Ceremony

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will not attend a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre that takes place in Bosnia on July 11, the president's office said.

Video UN Uses Genocide For Srebrenica Killings

Russia and its Balkan allies may find it offensive to use the word genocide to describe the massacre of thousands at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war, but few others at the United Nations hesitate to do so.

Serbia Tightens Macedonian Border

Serbia says it will step up efforts to halt illegal immigrants crossing its border from Macedonia.

Russia Opposes Srebrenica Measure

Russia has slammed a draft United Nations resolution on the Srebrenica genocide as divisive and said it would present its own measure to mark 20 years since the massacre.

Serbia Seeks Help With Migrants

Austria, Hungary, and Serbia have called on the European Union to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans.

Balkan Nations Brace For Greek Default With Capital Controls

The countries of southeastern Europe, where Greek lenders control large parts of the banking industry, are fortifying their defenses against contagion as Greece teeters on the brink of financial collapse.

Serbia Unveils Gavrilo Princip Monument

Serbia has unveiled a monument to Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo helped spark World War I.

Kosovo Parliament Rejects Court For Ex-Rebels

​Parliament in Kosovo has failed to pass legislation to create a special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas for alleged crimes.

Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses.

Mixed Feelings In Macedonia As A Russian Orthodox Church Rises

A Russian Orthodox church under construction in Macedonia is one of several that have been built or planned in Europe in recent years. Beneath talk of spiritual ties, there is concern that Moscow could use such churches to advance its temporal interests.

Switzerland To Extradite Bosnian Muslim Wartime Commander To Bosnia

Switzerland says it will extradite Bosnian Muslim wartime commander Naser Oric to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Orban Defends Hungarian Border Fence

Hungary's prime minister says his government's plan to build a 4-meter-high fence on the border with Serbia to stop the flow of migrants will also protect Europe "from every illegal entry."

Fresh Crisis Talks Held In Skopje

The leaders of Macedonia's main political parties have resumed meeting in the country's capital, Skopje, for the first time since negotiations aimed ending a major political crisis collapsed in Brussels last week.

Slovenia Frees Former Kosovo PM

A court in Slovenia has ruled that former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj has diplomatic immunity and can return home after being detained there on a Serbian war crimes warrant this week.

Lavrov Slams UN Srebrenica Resolution

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that adopting draft UN resolution on the UN's failure to stop the Srebrenica massacre would lead to more "ethnic tensions."

Macedonia Allows Migrants To Transit

Macedonia amended its asylum law on June 18 to allow migrants entering the country illegally to avoid jail if they leave within three days.

EU Warns Against New 'Walls' As Hungary Plans Fence On Serbia Border

The European Commission has responded to a Hungarian scheme to erect a fence on the border with Serbia by warning EU members against steps that contravene EU obligations and urging members like Hungary to find other ways to cope with an inflow of illegal migrants.

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