SERBIAN SONG PRAISES SREBRENICA MASSACRE
June 7, 2006
A human rights organization in Serbia said Tuesday that a newly distributed song praised the killing of Bosniaks (Muslim Bosnians) and described Srebrenica massacres as heroic acts that should be repeated in the future.
Bosnian news agency FENA said the Human Rights Forum in Belgrade informed the Public Prosecutor in Serbia about the song and called for necessary procedure to prevent the distribution of the song, as it encourages hatred and violence based upon ethnicity and religious backgrounds.
The statement criticized the security and judicial authorities for allowing the song to be distributed, which first appeared on the internet under the title “To Kill the Bosnians” and was then broadcasted on private radio stations in the country.
The organization noted that lyrics of the song, with a rhythm similar to that of the Serbian national anthem, says “killing Bosnians in Srebrenica is a pride for all Serbians“, describing the Serbian army general, Ratko Mladic, responsible for the massacres as a “great hero who slaughtered 7,000 people of the enemies“.
It added that the lyrics also included offensive expressions against Imams of Muslim Masjids, call for prayers, and the Masjids themselves, considering the mass murders of over 8,000 Bosniaks as “legal acts of revenge in response for the Othman Turks aggression against the Serbs five centuries ago“.
The organization demanded the concerned Serbian authorities to follow necessary procedures to prevent the distribution of the song and prosecute its writers and those responsible for publishing and financing it.