Al Jazeera Balkans aired last night (April 28, 2020), a film about one of the largest cases of labor exploitation involving people from Balkans, THE SERBAZ CASE. About 700 workers from BiH, Serbia and Northern Macedonia were most severely exploited working on construction capital state facilities in Baku (Azerbaijan), 2007-2009. The story follows the case of an exploited worker, Seudin Zoletic, who is seeking justice in the European Court of Human Rights. The film was produced by the OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), and it’s based on ASTRA’s report on this case.
Al Jazeera’s original news, including the testimonials of the workers, a description of the network of exploiters, and a link to the documentary, can be found HERE.
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has prosecuted Bozo Vucenovic, Rad Ljubicic, Safet Turanovic, Rasim Turanovic, Zoran Dmitrovic, Zoran Kalajdzic, Nedeljko Vucenovic, and Miroslav Vucenovic on charges of the criminal offense of Organized Crime and Human Trafficking. However, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence provided by the testimonies of exploited workers collected by the NGO ASTRA, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a judgment of acquittal on 4 December 2019, after years of trial and over ten years since the commission of the act. the case of SerbAz.