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First name:  John

Last name:  Hasek

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Freelance
  • Media outlet:  Washington Inquirer ; Ottawa Citizen ; Inter Press News Service
  • Type of media:  3 ; 1
  • Born:  1938 Canada

  • Died:  1 Jan 1994 Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? no
  • Impunity: total


Seriously wounded when he set off a landmine in June in western Bosnia-Herzogovina. He was transferred to hospital in Prague on 30 June and died six months later.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - War in Bosnia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb, Croat and Bosniak communities were at war with other between 6 April 1992 and 14 September 1995. Fighting began with the Serb bombing of Sarajevo the day after Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia The Bosnian Serb army eventually seized the main Serb-inhabited towns and areas and conducted "ethnic cleansing." After the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak refugees by Serbian paramilitaries in Srebrenica, NATO forces attacked the Bosnian Serb militias and the Bosniak and Croat forces regained a large amount of territory. The 14 December 1995 Dayton Agreement signed by President Alija Izetbegović (Bosnia), Franjo Tudjman (Croatia) and Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia) ended the war. Bosnia-Herzegovina became a confederation of the Bozniak-Croat Federation (51% of the territory, 70% of the population) and the Bosnian Serb Republic (49% of the territory and 25% of the population).

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - Independence
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia after a referendum in February-March 1992 boycotted by most Bosnian Serbs. Most Serbs wanted to stay in a Yugoslav federation, most Bosniaks favoured independence and the Bosnia Croats wanted to become part of Croatia. Tension increased and war broke out on 6 April when the Serbs bombed Sarajevo.

  • Reports from Czech Republic and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Washington Inquirer, Ottawa Citizen and Interpress News Service. Investigated Canadian peacekeeping operations in former Yugoslavia.
    Former parachutist.
    Czech-born.


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