FJA Shortlist 2021

Category: Outstanding Contribution to Peace

Authors: Haris Rovčanin and Albina Sorguč (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

A series of articles

www.detektor.ba - 5 February 2021

Serb Chetniks’ Links to War Criminals and Extremists Uncovered

By Albina Sorguč and Haris Rovčanin

Court records in Bosnia reveal that prominent members of Serb nationalist Chetnik organisations have been charged with war crimes, while the Bosnian Security Ministry has warned that such groups are extremists who could pose a security risk.

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BIRN Fact-Check: Is the Bosnian Serb Report on the Sarajevo Siege Accurate?

www.detektor.ba - 21 April 2021

By Albina Sorguč and Haris Rovčanin

A report funded by the government of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity claims Serbs were subjected to ethnic cleansing in wartime Sarajevo, but its allegations differ from facts established by courts about crimes during the siege.

The allegations in the report published this month by the Commission for Investigating the Sufferings of Serbs in Sarajevo, which was set up by Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity government to highlight its perspective on wartime events, have already proved controversial.

The report, which runs to more than 1,200 pages, claims that Serbs were forced out of the Bosnian capital by Bosniak forces as a result of the 1992-95 war.

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Bosnian Serb Military Police Chiefs Never Charged with Srebrenica Killings

by Haris Rovčanin

www.detektor.ba - 8 July 2020

Despite survivors’ testimonies, official documents and Hague Tribunal verdicts stating that three Bosnian Serb military police units were involved in capturing Bosniaks from Srebrenica and escorting them to mass execution sites, their commanders have never been charged.

Mevludin Oric was one of the fortunate ones.

Twenty-five years ago, in July 1995, he was captured by Bosnian Serb troops under Ratko Mladic’s command while fleeing from Srebrenica alongside more than 10,000 other Bosniaks who were trying to escape.

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28 Years On, Families Still Searching for Missing Bosnian Soldiers

by Haris Rovčanin

www.detektor.ba - 10 May 2021

Empty graves are waiting for three young Bosnian Army soldiers who disappeared during an attack by Bosnian Croat forces in Mostar in May 1993, but despite their families’ efforts, their bodies have not been found and their killers remain unprosecuted.

Fedja Huskovic was a second-year student at Sarajevo University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering when he joined the Bosniak-led Bosnian Army during the war.

On May 10, 1993, five days after he turned 21, Huskovic went missing alongside 12 other Bosniak soldiers during an attack on the Bosnian Army Fourth Corps’ command headquarters in the city of Mostar by the Croatian Defence Council, HVO, the Bosnian Croat wartime force.

Most of the bodies of the Bosnian Army soldiers who disappeared that day have been found, but those of Huskovic, Sefik Pobric and Hasan Balic have not. Neither has anyone been convicted of involvement in their deaths.

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