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WHAT WE’RE READING?

December 7, 2007

PHOTO: Excavation of bodies of Srebrenica Genocide victims from secondary mass graves in SNAGOVO yielded some well preserved personal items, such as this family album. Photo Courtesy Genocid.org, featuring important work of the International Commission for Missing Persons’ (ICMP) forensic experts.

QUALITY RESOURCES YOU WILL ENJOY RESEARCHING!

Here is an overview of online resources you will find both interesting and valuable while researching Srebrenica genocide:

+ SENSE Tribunal – is a specialized project of SENSE News Agency based in International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The focus of this project is regular, balanced and comprehensive coverage of the work of the ICTY, and the activities of ICJ (International Court of Justice) and ICC (International Criminal Court).

+ International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – is a body of the United Nations (UN) established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their alleged perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad-hoc court and is located in The Hague in the Netherlands.

+ International Court of Justice (ICJ) – (known colloquially as the World Court or ICJ; French: Cour internationale de Justice) is the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, sharing the building with the Hague Academy of International Law.

+ Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) – established on a non-profit, philanthropic basis to support the development of high quality media and civil society in BiH, and thereby to contribute to the development of a citizenry fully active in the governance of its country and in securing and exercising its democratic rights and obligations. BIRN BiH places much emphasis in its work on the issue of dealing with the past, particularly justice for victims of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 war, since delay in doing so constitutes perhaps the greatest and most immediate obstacle to BiH’s recovery, development and European integration.

+ The Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina – In January 2003, the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued a set of joint conclusions recommending the creation of a War Crimes Chamber Project (WCCP), consisting of a specialized chamber for war crimes within the Court of BiH and a corresponding special department for war crimes within the Prosecutors Office of BiH. Subsequently, the Court of BiH established the aforementioned specialized departments in January 2005, consisting of international and national judges and prosecutors.

+ War Crimes, Genocide and Memories – Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies / University of Sarajevo; ERMA – European Regional Master in Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Europe/ Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna. Tip: The Book Section contains many full-length books dealing with Srebrenica genocide, which you can download and read in .PDF format.

+ The Bosnian Institute (UK) – a key organization internationally in providing education and information on the history and culture of Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a special concern for the past and present development of its social, economic, governmental, legal and cultural conditions, organizations and institutions. Through its programmes it actively encourages and supports the growth of a pluralist democratic society in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its neighbours.

+ Research and Documentation Center (RDC) – is an independent, nongovernmental, non-profit, professional and non-partisan institution. RDC’s task is to investigate and gather facts, documents and data on genocide, war crimes and human rights violations, regardless of the ethnic, political, religious, social, or racial affiliation of the victims. So far, RDC registered more than 350.000 war victims out of which around 96.000 are killed and missing persons.

+ Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law – a public scientific institution engaged in analysis of crimes against peace, crime of genocide, and other grave breaches of international law from the historical, legal, sociological, criminology, economic, demographic, psychological, political, cultural, medical, environmental, and other aspects of relevance for the complete research of crimes.

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Henry Jackson Society (UK) – believes that modern liberal democracies set an example to which the rest of the world should aspire. The web site contains many in-depth analysis and opinions. Tip: Search for “Marko Attila Hoare” for one of the best scholarly writings on the topic of Srebrenica and Bosnian in general.

+ The Betrayal of Srebrenica: Why did the massacre happen? Will it happen again? – The United States Congressional Hearing. One hundred fifth Congress, 2nd Session (March 31, 1998).

+ The United States Holocaust Museum (USHM) – opened a display to honor the day that illustrates the ongoing legacy of Srebrenica genocide killings, the search for victims, the struggle to identify bodies dumped into mass graves, and the continuing struggle of the Survivors living their lives without loved ones. According to the USHM, Srebrenica massacre “is the only incident in Europe that has been judged by an international criminal court to have been genocide (the crime did not exist before 1948).”

+ Academy of Bosnia-Herzegovina – is a member-based non-profit organization located in New York . The objective is to promote the intellectual and cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina in New York and in United States, to counter the prevailing negative images of the country, and to create and sustain links with the institutions and professionals within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Academy provides networking opportunities for young professionals and serves as a platform for various cultural, arts, educational and advocacy programs led by its members, showcasing the talent and the achievements of the diaspora.

+ International Commission on Missing Persons – ICMPs Forensic Science Department (FSD) has the primary responsibility within ICMP for developing, implementing and managing the technical process of assisting in exhumations, examinations and identifications of persons missing as a result of violent conflicts. In Srebrenica, the FSD incorporates the use of a population-based, DNA-led system of identifications, which requires the collection and profiling of blood samples from family members with missing relatives and bone samples from exhumed mortal remains.

+ Institute for War and Peace Reporting – IWPR builds democracy at the frontlines of conflict and change through the power of professional journalism. IWPR programs provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing, and ambitious initiatives to build the capacity of local media. Supporting peace-building, development and the rule of law, IWPR gives responsible local media a voice.

+ Bosnia Vault – A blog about Bosnia, with an emphasis on the 1992-1995 war, and that war’s aftermath. Includes: News, Opinion, War Crimes Tribunal Watch, Advocacy, Culture and more.

+ Americans for Bosnia – In Bosnia, a war was fought between civic nationalism and individual liberty versus ethnic nationalism and collectivism. Bosnia’s struggle was, and is, America’s struggle. Dedicated to the struggle of all of Bosnia’s peoples -Bosniak, Croat, Serb, and others – to find a common heritage and a common identity.

+ Greater Surbiton – the official blog of Marko Attila Hoare, one of the most respected historians focusing on the South Eastern Europe. Mr Hoare has also pionered sholarly work in the field of Srebernica genocide denial and conspiracy theory movements behind it. He is the author of three books, The History of Bosnia: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day (London, Saqi, 2007), Genocide and Resistance in Hitler’s Bosnia: The Partisans and the Chetniks, 1941-1943 (London, Oxford University Press, 2006) and How Bosnia Armed (London, Saqi, 2004). Currently, he is working on a history of modern Serbia.

+ Bosniak American Advisory Council for B&H (BAACBH) – The Bosniak American Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina is a non-profit, non-government and non-partisan organization dedicated to advocating for Bosnian-Americans in USA and promoting peace and economic development in the Balkans by fostering democratic policy, promoting respect for human rights, and initiating educational and developmental programs.

+ Genocid.org – documents war crimes and genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tip: If you click on Galleries, you will be able to view images of primary and secondary mass grave excavations of victims of Srebrenica genocide.

+ Van Diepen Van Der Kroef, Law Firm – Represents survivors of Srebrenica genocide in a case against the United Nations and the Dutch government (Netherlands). Van Diepen Van der Kroef is the largest non-aligned law firm in the Netherlands with offices in virtually every important city in the urbanised west of the country. Van Diepen Van der Kroef has constructed excellent national and international networks of commercial organisations and law firms.

+ Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) – The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) is a National Umbrella Organization, representing at least 350,000 Americans and Canadians of Bosniaks descent and origin. Its membership is comprised of fraternal, educational, veteran, religious, cultural, social, business, political organizations and individual membership. The Bosniak American – Canadian community prides itself on its deeply rooted commitment to the values of family, faith, democracy, hard work and fulfillment of the American and Canadian dreams. We are present in every state and virtually every community in America and Canada on various social, business and economic levels.

+ BOSFAM – Following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995, the women of BOSFAM recognized the importance of creating a gathering place for the women who lost everything. The women of BOSFAM decided to start a Srebrenica Memorial Quilt Project to commemorate victims of Srebrenica genocide. The quilt currently comprises 20 panels, each commemorating a victim of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Families who lost relatives are being invited to commission new panels. As new panels are added to the quilt, the quilt will grow in size, keep the memory of the massacre alive and used to make the case for more material and emotional support for Srebrenica survivors. If you wish to join us in supporting the Srebrenica Memorial Quilt, then click here.

+ Srebrenica Women – The task of this Non-Governmental Organization is not to fight for women rights. The task is to search for more than 10,000 people missing in European largest massacre, committed by the Bosnian Serb army, on July 11, 1995, in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please read the introduction article to find out more about this.

+ Mihalis – Official blog of Michael Karajis focusing on Srebrenica genocide, human rights, war crimes, and other topics of interest. Michael has fiercely condemned Srebrenica genocide denial and attempts of conspiracy theorists to assault truth and memory.

+ Global Voices Online – Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.

+ Oliver Kamm Blog – In late-2005 Kamm was co-author, with journalists David Aaronovitch and Francis Wheen, of a complaint to The Guardian when it published a correction and apology for an interview with Noam Chomsky by Emma Brockes. Noam Chomsky regularly publishes his writings at ZMag – web location of many leftist-apologists who deny Srebrenica genocide. Although Noam Chomsky never publicly denied Srebrenica genocide, he never acknowledged it either and Oliver Kamm’s attack at Chomsky was more than appropriate.

+ World War 4 Report – Even though this web site is considered to have radical leftist leanings, they still believe in human rights and we are proud of them. Bill Weinberg has defended the truth about Srebrenica genocide on numerous occasions and he regularly paid respect to the victims of genocide by remembering them on July 11th, see example. Bill Weinberg is an extraordinary individual and human rights activist.

+ Balkan Anarchist – Blog by Alan Jaksic from the UK, an ethnic Serb from Croatia, writing about variety of popular topics geared toward Balkan region and its people.

+ Genocide in Bosnia – Blog by Srebrenica survivor – Alan Kovacevic. The story of his life and struggles with focus on Srebrenica.

+ Finding Karadzic – Blog focusing on analysis, opinions, and a running record of efforts to arrest former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, who is indicted on charges of inciting mass rape and genocide.

+ The Advocacy Project – The Advocacy Project (AP) seeks to help community-based human rights advocates produce, disseminate and use information, and in so doing advance social justice. AP seeks a world in which disempowered people are able to find their voice and exercise their right to develop – on their own terms and with appropriate support from their government and the international community.

+ More resources? We might add them to this page as soon as we discover them!
  1. Owen
    December 7, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    That’s a pretty good roundup. You spelled Greater Surbiton wrong.

  2. Srebrenica Massacre Editor
    December 8, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Owen, thank you for letting me know about my spelling
    error! I fixed it! What would I do without you guys? You help me a lot!

  3. Committee on Conscience
    December 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Dear Blogmaster,
    We have updated the event description that you link to and would appreciate if you would post the new description here.
    Thank you,
    Committee on on Conscience
    U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    New description:
    Srebrenica is a small town in eastern Bosnian. For much of the 1992-1995 war, it remained under Bosnian government control and became a haven for Bosnian Muslims fleeing violence in the surrounding areas. On July 11, 1995, it fell to Bosnian Serb forces. In the following days, Bosnian Serb forces killed at least 7,000 people, mostly men and boys, from Srebrenica. It has been called the largest single massacre in Europe since the end of World War II, and is the only incident in Europe that has been judged by an international criminal court to have been genocide (the crime did not exist before 1948). In July 2005, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened a display of photographs by Tarik Samarah, a free-lance photographer based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In this program, Samarah discusses his work documenting the legacy of Srebrenica. He is joined by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, who discusses her recent book, This Was Not our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace.

  4. Srebrenica Massacre Editor
    December 14, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Committee on Conscience,

    We welcome your changes and we have updated this list accordingly.

    Thank you for remembering Srebrenica!

  5. Lukman
    May 21, 2008 at 2:36 am

    http://ovalweb.blogspot.com/2008/05/ethnic-cleansing-in-bosnia.html

    Please link to this report on your wonderful website, I did try to find your email address but no avail.

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