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Graves at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica. AP Photo/Amel Emric

Bosnia’s 25-year struggle with transitional justice

How long does it take to make peace? Decades after the end of the Bosnian war, just one in six residents felt that country had reached reconciliation.
By engaging a broad base of people on a popular level, film has a much more immediate and visceral impact than formal lustration proceedings. Before the Rain (1994)

Cinema opens a dialogue about coming to terms with Balkans’ past

Cinema can be instrumental in opening up dialogue on collective culpability for the past. Manchevski’s Before the Rain and Angelopoulos’ Ulysses’ Gaze are perfect examples of this.
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre being escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2016 by judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes against humanity, rape, sexual slavery. EPA/Stringer

Beyond the ICC crisis: is there an alternative path for Africa?

There are fears that the withdrawal of countries from the ICC would mark the end of international criminal justice in Africa. This need not be the case.
Here we go again? Ukrainian servicemen in training. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Despite ceasefire, Ukraine could be going the way of Yugoslavia

A fragile ceasefire deal is just about holding in Ukraine, but hopes for its long-term success are not high. It is clear that the war for eastern Ukraine is far from over. And most ominously of all, it…
Ratko Mladić’s trial is more than likely to exceed three years in duration. EPA Valerie Kuypers

Ratko Mladić’s long-awaited trial adjourned on second sitting day

The trial of former Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Colonel General, Ratko Mladić commenced in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) this past Wednesday. Mladić’s arrest at his cousin’s…

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