SARAJEVO, 20 November 2014 – Enhanced awareness and compliance of Bosnia and Herzegovina's politico-military and security commitments as an OSCE participating State and UN member were the focus of the 7th Review Conference on Compliance with the OSCE/UN Security Commitments of Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded in Sarajevo today.
GENEVA (19 November 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today have raised the alarm over the potential imminent release of Mr. Milorad Trbic, who was convicted in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court of committing genocide in Srebrenica and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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Bosnian police arrested 12 people Monday, including former Serb police and soldiers, suspected of massacring 29 Muslim women and children at the outset of the country's 1990s wars.
The suspects were being held on suspicion of crimes against humanity for the July 1992 killings which were part of a wider campaign of slaughter in the northwestern region of Prijedor, according to the state prosecutor's office.
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The Security Council this afternoon renewed the authorization of the European Union-led multinational stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as EUFOR ALTHEA, for a further 12 months.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has been hit by a number of devastating floods in recent years, including the worst flooding in recorded history that swept through the country in May.
When Sudo Forto’s farm was destroyed by flooding in 2010, resources made available by the World Bank helped him to recover quickly and begin farming again.
In June, a $100 million Floods Emergency Recovery Project was approved for the country, which focuses on the areas most affected by these floods
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
BRUSSELS, 27 October 2014 - A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.
Recommendations on internal displacement during the first review
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- Sexual violence in Iraq
- Forced displacement in Syria
- Subcommittee on gender in the peace negotiations in Colombia
Impact of conflicts
Israel – Palestine
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s landmine contamination has continued to threaten the country’s safety years following the end of the war. The 2014 floods reminded the world of the issues that remnants of war can bring to post-conflict societies; the country remains the most mine contaminated in Europe and among ten the most contaminated in the world.
The rehabilitation works on 29 priority houses financed by the EU Floods Recovery Programme have been completed under the first phase of the housing component. Thanks to EU financing, three families from Maglaj, eight families from both Doboj and Banja Luka and 10 families from the Bijeljina region can now return home.
The rehabilitation works were finalised within less than two weeks from when work started, and the works included refurbishing floors and walls, replacing indoor and outdoor carpentries, and repairing roofs and facades.
On Friday, 17 October 2014, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH Dr Daviddi officially opened the Mixed Secondary School Maglaj and Edhem Mulabdić High School in Maglaj, both reconstructed as part of the EU Floods Recovery Programme funded by the European Union. The school suffered severe damage during the floods in May 2014. The EU-financed restoration works included electricity refitting, new heating system, new sanitary systems, new flooring, joinery replacement, refurbishing of walls, thermo-insulated facade and roof.
SARAJEVO, Oct 15 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) signed here on Wednesday a contract for rebuilding 172 houses destroyed in Bosnia and Herzegovina by last May floods. Over the past months, the KRCS has been investigating needs of the people hit by the floods in the country, the society's Deputy Chairman Anwar Al-Hasawi said in a press conference following the signing ceremony.
By Richard Waddington
MADRID, 9 October 2014 - The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.
Both the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leading to over 60 deaths and causing more than a billion euros of damage.
By Biljana Markova
BELGRADE, 1 October 2014 – Following devastating floods and landslides earlier this year affecting over one million people, a major regional insurance conference opens today in Belgrade to highlight the benefits that disaster risk financing can bring to a region where there is a growing culture of disaster risk reduction through implementation of the priorities laid out in the Hyogo Framework for Action.