“The factitious [fabricated] symmetry with the Serb victims in Bratunac, which is supposed to annul or relativize the horror and magnitude of the Srebrenica crime — when in only 5 days around 8,000 Bosniaks were killed in a planned action — will continue to acquire new forms and dimensions, to end in a brutal moral inversion: in fact, it was the Serbs who were ethnically cleansed from Srebrenica under pressure, threats and blackmails by the Bosniaks. Such falsified picture will not be of any help for Serbia in the process of democratization, nor in the process of joining the European Union.”
Full report available via Peščanik:
Official web site of the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights in Serbia:
In conclusion, it is more than obvious that a genocidal entity, so called “Republika Srpska,” is not prepared to grant (in practice) a basic set of human freedoms to minorities. The freedom of speech is clearly being taken away from the Bosniak minority on a territory of “Republika Srpska,” especially in the ethnically cleansed regions where Bosniaks formed pre-war majority. In 1992, approximately half a million Bosniaks had been brutally expelled from the current-day Bosnian Serb entity. No need to mention that Serbs created “Republika Srpska” by perpetrating planned and deliberate ethnic cleansing, tortures in concentration camps, brutal massacres, and genocide. Bosniakophobia is at an all time high in “Republika Srpska,” and if something is not done to stop it, we may see a repeat of a bloody war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bosnian-language version of this news report follows from Bosnia’s Federal TV:
Tri djevojke iz Srebrenice, od kojih je najmlađa skoro djevojčica sa samo 15 godina, prijavljene su Odjeljenju za prekršaje Osnovnog suda u Srebrenici. Razlog je to što su 12. jula, na dan kada su, uz obilježavanje stradanja Srba, četnici orgijali po Srebrenici i Bratuncu, a one im, na uzvike “Ovo je Srbija”, zatim četničke pjesme i najteže uvrede, odgovorile porukom “Ovo je Bosna” i puštenom ilahijom s mobitela. Zbog ovog odgovora na četnička orgijanja Sedina Hasanović, Dženeta Nalić i Melisa Smajić mogle bi biti i osuđene u Osnovnom sudu u Srebrenici.
Zamjenik komandira Policijske stanice Srebrenica Adis Cibralić kaže da je policija reagirala nakon poziva kelnerice u kafiću „Davidoff“ Sanje Kočević-Milanović, a navodni razlog za poziv je odluka gazde da zabrani muziku 11. i 12. jula. Sedina i Dženeta kažu da ih ništa ne plaši – ići će, ako treba, i na suđenje uz poruku „Ovo je Bosna“. Ovu je poruku četnicima koji su orgijali Srebrenicom prvi uputio potpredsjednik Skupštine opštine Srebrenica Zulfo Salihović. On traži i da se protiv njega pokrene prekršajni postupak.
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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT:
Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages from 1992-1995. In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 25,000-30,000 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and dumped them into mass graves.
A world-renowned historical scholar and, by far, one of the most prominent experts on genocide studies – Dr. Marko Attila Hoare – recently noted on his blog that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt is on record for denying more than half the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. I would like to respond publicly to these ignorant statements made by irrelevant, non-authoritative, and failed politicians like Carl Bildt.
First of all, DNA results of the International Commission on Missing Persons support an estimate of 8,100 Srebrenica genocide victims. So far, the identities of 6,186 genocide victims have been revealed by the DNA analysis. See ICMP press release as of July 11, 2009. Additionally, 30000 people were forcibly expelled from the enclave, with many women raped.
Second of all, rapes of women were an integral part of the Srebrenica genocide. The Serbs, said Johan Bos, a Dutch sergeant, “bragged about how they had murdered people and raped women….” (The Independent). “In one town, “three soldiers came onto the bus and told us to give them the youngest child …so they could slit its throat. Usually, though, the soldiers were content to rob and to rape, dragging out women of their choice, who wept and pleaded and did not return…”(UNHCR). A testimony by Zarfa Turkovic is especially moving:
“Zarfa Turkovic says she watched through half-closed eyes, pretending to sleep, hoping she would not be next, as four Bosnian Serb men raped a 28-year-old Muslim woman… Despite the presence of Dutch peacekeepers, the Turkovic says Bosnian Serbs raped a young victim from among the sleeping refugees. ‘People were silent, no one moved. She was screaming and yelling and b egging them to stop. They put her a rag into her mouth, and then we were just hearing silent sobs coming from her closed lips. When they finished, the woman was left there.'” (Associated Press)
By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims [Bosniaks], the Bosnian Serb forces committed genocide. They targeted for extinction the forty thousand Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica, a group which was emblematic of the Bosnian Muslims in general. They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their personal belongings and identification, and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity. (source)
Fifth of all, Srebrenica was a ghetto surrounded by genocidal Serb forces in heavily militarized Serb villages around Srebrenica. According to ambassador Arria, who initiated the visit of the UN Security Council delegation to Srebrenica in April 1993, and was at its head, described the situation in the enclave as “genocide in slow motion” (source). In his address to the UN Security Council on the issue Arria said, “we should call them what they are: ghettos, refugee camps, open jails, areas under threat; but we should never be so brazen to call them ‘safe areas’”. The safe areas actually gathered the people together in one place for the slaughter.
Sixth of all, In 1993, the Bosnian Government had entered into demilitarization agreements with the Bosnian Serbs. The Serbs never demilitarized around Srebrenica. Between 1992 and 1995, militarized Serb villages around Srebrenica had been used to attack and destroy nearby Bosniak villages around Srebrenica, as well as to launch brutal attacks on Srebrenica. Serb village of Kravica had a large cache of weapons and was used to stage attacks on Srebrenica and nearby Bosniak villages. Furthermore, Serbs used their villages around Srebrenica to block humanitarian aid coming into the Bosniak enclave, which caused Bosniaks to start dying from starvation and engage in counter-attacks for the purpose of obtaining food and demilitarizing heavily armed Serbs around Srebrenica (see excerpts from Naser Oric judgment).
I can go on and on, but ignorant individuals like Carl Bildt do not deserve more of my time. Here is my challenge to Carl Bildt:
If Carl Bildt wishes to have a public debate about the Srebrenica genocide, I will be more than glad to reveal my identity and to meet him at any time. His non-authoritative accounts of Srebrenica genocide show how ignorant he really is. If Bildt has a courage to publicly debate genocide on an academic level – bring it on. My E-mail is publicly listed.
PHOTO: A forensic expert holds an old 100 German marks banknote found with remains of massacre victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in a mass grave near the village of Kamenica July 10, 2009.
Hajra Catic – president of the NGO Women of Srebrenica (Žene Srebrenice) – told BIRN:
“They must have contacted the families of the people whose remains were found. They should not have destroyed the personal documents, because they could have been used as evidence in other trials.”
According to Amir Ahmić, the Bosnian liaison officer for the ICTY, “the destruction was done during the term of [former] chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte. Nobody outside the tribunal knew about it. I personally consider that they should have informed the victims’ families prior to conducting some kind of a selection.”
HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT: Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages from 1992-1995. In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 25,000-30,000 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and then dumped them into mass graves.
Read more by visiting BIRN:www.bim.ba/en/176/10/21188/
A number of Srebrenica genocide victims were gassed with chemical weapons in July 1995. A man responsible for requesting chemical strikes against Bosnian Muslim refugees is now on trial at the Hague.
Zdravko Tolimir (aka: “Chemical Tolimir” / “Chemical Zdravko”), a former Bosnian Serb general who ordered chemical attacks against Bosniak convoys of refugees fleeing Zepa and Srebrenica, is reportedly losing his mind in his jail cell.
He has been charged with genocide, extermination, and other serious human rights violations. Currently, he is awaiting his trial at the Hague. According to his latest filing with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Chemical Tolimir is “asking for the guards to stop supervising his detention cell, also objecting to the placing of micro-chips in his body.”
According to BIRN:
“In the introductory part of his handwritten motion, Tolimir said that a detention unit physician had informed him, ‘in the course of an official conversation’, that the Tribunal had decided to check his cell every 30 minutes, thus enabling the guard to visually check his state of health. He alleged that, alternatively, a micro-chip device could be placed in his body and arm. This device would send data on his state of health to the guards 24 hours per day.
‘I explained to the detention unit physician that, being a Christian, I cannot let them place micro chip-devices in my body, as the Holy Scripture, John’s Revelation, chapter 13, verses 16 and 17, and chapter 14, verses 9 and 10, says so. The detention unit physician told me that I was paranoid, as there were no micro-chips at the time when the Holy Scripture was written,’ Tolimir said.
Tolimir said he told the physician that ‘Jesus Christ was not paranoid’, adding that he knew and ‘announced’ that they would ‘eventually start injecting chips in people’s hands and foreheads’.
….’I am asking the Trial Chamber to inform me why it introduced a measure depriving me of sleep on the basis of a GP’s opinion, given the fact that medical specialists indicated in their reports, filed with the Tribunal, that I did not have any serious problems and that I was capable of attending the trial,’ Tolimir said.
The indictee considers that ‘measures of deprivation of sleep and capability to defend himself” were introduced against him, considering the fact that his cell has been under visual surveillance for 18 months already.
‘I ask the Trial Chamber to inform me to what extent it can supervise the detention conditions and to suspend the decision pertaining to sleep deprivation and the injection of micro-chips and placing other devices in my body. In God I trust,’ the indictee wrote at the end of his motion.'”
HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT: Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages from 1992-1995. In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 25,000-30,000 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and dumped them into mass graves.
Read more about Zdravo Tolimir’s state of mind
by visiting: www.bim.ba/en/176/10/21210/
From 1992-1995, Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim village. In just a few days of July 1995, Serbs committed genocide against the Bosniaks in a U.N. protected enclave of Srebrenica. The Srebrenica genocide resulted in a mass scale ethnic cleansing of 30,000 and a massacre of at least 8,372 Bosniaks. Radovan Karadzic (photo above) is the architect of this genocide.
The latest scandal with the international justice started when MIKE CORDER accurately reported for The Herald that “the judge preparing Radovan Karadzic’s genocide trial… was considering dropping some charges to shorten court proceedings that could take years.” His report in The Herald was, for some reason, not dated, but it appeared sometime between June 28 and July 2nd.
Then, the Congress of North American Bosniaks protested this decision with the Court and asked thousands of its members to contact the ICTY and express their concerns to both the Judges and the Prosecutor. The campaign prompted the Office of the Prosecutor to respond on July 8:
“At no point did Judge Bonomy invite the Prosecution to drop the ‘Srebrenica or Sarajevo counts’ as reported by the media. The Prosecution was told that they may need to start thinking about how to reduce the length of the trial and a number of possibilities were mentioned, including reducing the number of crime sites and not proceeding on certain counts.”
Then, on July 22nd, AFP reported that “Judges have ordered prosecutors in the upcoming trial of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic to try and reduce the charge sheet against him in a bid to speed things up.” The story continued:
[QUOTE, AFP] “Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, or ICTY, pointed out the indictment covered 11 charges on crimes alleged to have been committed in 27 municipalities – already reduced from an initial 41.
The prosecution intended to call 500 witnesses, with 490 hours needed to examine them in the witness stand. But an order from the court published Thursday said if prosecutors couldn’t narrow the charge sheet down, the court would do the job for them.
The U.N. court was initially meant to finish all trials by 2008 and appeals by 2010. The court’s most recent estimates suggest its final trial, that of Karadzic, would only conclude in early 2012 while some appeals may run into 2013.
The U.N. Security Council recently prolonged the mandate of some ICTY appeal judges to Dec. 31, 2010.
Karadzic was arrested a year ago on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. A trial date has yet to be set.
Key among the 11 counts against him is the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 people dead, and the July 1995 massacre of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. Bosnia’s inter-ethnic 1992-95 war cost an estimated 100,000 lives.” [ END QUOTE]
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Organized by the Bosnian-American Library of Chicago
“One of the most important ways to remember the genocide in Srebrenica is to commemorate the atrocities every July 11th,” said Mr. Samuel Harris, Holocaust survivor and president of Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
“Today I am in this room with beautiful Bosnian and Herzegovinian people who have also experienced genocide in their country. We must say to the world – NEVER AGAIN,” he added.
The program Day of Remembrance of Srebrenica Genocide is given in memory of, and with deep respect to, the more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim (Bosniaks) men and boys, from 14 to 70 years old, who were killed by order of Bosnian Serb, General Ratko Mladic and the 25,000 women, children, and elderly who were deported from the city of Srebrenica. This was the most heinous war crime in Europe since the Second World War, and we wish to help create a thorough knowledge of what happened in Srebrenica, so it may be incorporated into our historical remembrance. In calling the public’s attention to the events of July 11, 1995 in Srebrenica, we can no longer passively accept that genocide is – in any way – humane! It is also a warning to future generations that this crime should never happen again to any group of people, anywhere or anytime. The possibility for greater understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and throughout the world depends upon our realization that truth and justice are the first steps towards reconciliation.
In the video presentation of testimonies of Srebrenica genocide survivors, Zuhra Osmanovic, stated, “On July 11th I tried to go into a truck with my kids. However, when I was trying to cross the dividing line that the Dutch soldiers posted, one Serbian soldier came to me and took my son from my hands. He asked me how old was he. Mirnes said that he was 15 but I said 13. I lied because I wanted them to let him go. I told him that he was wounded and the soldier asked who hurt him. I was afraid and I said that I didn’t know. I was fighting to hold on to my son but obviously the soldier was stronger than me and took Mirnes from my hands and took him on the left side of dividing line and after that somewhere, I don’t know where…… At that same moment the Chetniks put Memlo Osmanovic, Hasan Halic and Orhan to the left side of the tracks. They didn’t care how old they were. Memlo was around 25, my son was only 14, Orhan was 14, and Hassan 50. They took all generations of men. That’s why we can never forget the genocide that the Serbs did, especially in Srebrenica. …….And again I would like to repeat that we need to write, talk, and broadcast on the radio, TV, and newspapers the events in Srebrenica….. So that it is not repeated and does not happen again.” Zuhra Osmanovic sent her powerful message to the audience, and the world.
“And I still don’t know anything about my son. For Azem, my husband, they have already identified his bones. We had a funeral for him on July 11, 2006 . I had been hoping that he would come back but now I have no hope for him. …Now I’m living with my daughter in Chicago, Mersa. She’s married and has a beautiful child. My grandson’s name is Dino. In my Dino, my Sanja (interviewer), I see my Mirnes’ eyes. I look and look at Dino looking for Mirnes’ mouth, his eyes, his ears, but only his eyes are the same as Mirnes. I could cry and cry, but I still live in hope that I will find out news about my son whether he is alive or dead or if they can find his bones like other people from Srebrenica. And then he could rest in peace. There are many thousands and thousands of people from Srebrenica that are dead. He could rest in peace in the black soil.”
Zehra Spiodic, maiden name Omerovic, also a Srebrenica genocide survivor, said “I would never forget my father Sulejman Omerovic. He had a nice face, black hair and blue eyes. He was a peaceful man. Chetnics took him with them on July 11 1995 when he was trying to go into a truck with his family. I have never seen him again since then.
He was unarmed like all other men. United Nations Peace Keeping Troops and NATO took our weapons and the world promise to save us. It did not happened.10, 000 unarmed men were killed in Srebrenica “.
“Srebrenica in America”, the exhibition prepared by Ismet Ramic and Sanja Seferovic Drnovsek complimented these testimonies.( Chronology of Srebrenica Genocide, Information about Genocides that took place in 20 the century including Darfur today, Zuhra and Zehra Stories with pictures of their families, Samuel Harris and My Mom, Letters to Senators , Petitions)
A director of Holocaust Museum, our honored guest, Mr. Samuel Harris, talked about” The Power of Testimony”. I paraphrased a part of his speech notes.
“In 1905 George Santayana wrote :’those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’
One of the most important ways to remember the genocide in Srebrenica is to commemorate the atrocities every July 11th .
The reason I am here today is because I was asked to share my memories in Emin’s school of gifted students at Taft Public School. The sharing of my memories in Emin’s class compelled him to write a magnificent article for the newspapers. We do not have to worry about our future because we have Emin, such a bright young man. His mom Sanja and aunt Selena, who prepared this program of Day of Remembrance of Genocide in Srebrenica, and I are doing the same things- spreading the word about Holocaust and genocide.
In Emin’s school I shared my memories as a child under Hitler in Poland to the students.
Emin remembers when we discussed the ghettos, the starvation, the beatings and the deaths. I told his class how the Jews were rounded up, beaten or shot if they did not move fast enough. That line of thousands would proceed to the cattle cars waiting at the train station.
I, at the age of about six was in that line. My father pushed me out and told me to run toward the pile of bricks nearby. My sister Sara was already there. Together we were hiding and watched the people march towards those cattle cars that carried them to the Treblinka gas chambers. That was the last time I saw my parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, many cousins and neighbors. ………
I wrote my book, Sammy, Child Survivor of the Holocaust, to share with the people what a bully like Hitler can do to human beings. He killed 6,000,000 Jews of which 1,500,000 were children. He killed many others as well. It was a Holocaust.
Two weeks ago, Paul Rusesabagina came to visit the Holocaust museum in Skokie. Paul was the manager of Hotel Rwanda. He saved 1,268 people. He visited for a long time as he saw the atrocities of the Holocaust. The newspaper wrote about us the next day: “ Born, nearly 20 years apart and in different parts of the world, they bonded when they met. They felt connected having experienced what no other human being should experience. This experience left each of them with the urgent need to proclaim now and forever and to all who would listen….NEVER AGAIN.’
Today I am in this room with beautiful Bosnian and Herzegovinian people who have also experienced genocide in their country. We must say to the world – NEVER AGAIN.
Bystanders must wake up and listen to the words of the German Pastor Martin Niemoeller quote:
‘First they came for communists
And I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out-
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me-
And there was no one left to speak out for me.
We must all speak out with our testimonies for they have the power to change or there will be no one left to speak out for us.’ “. With this powerful massage Samuel Harris finished his presentation.
Jonathan Moore, a deputy head of Mission, US Embassy in Sarajevo, was another respectful guest at the Bosnian American Library. The library was completely full of Bosnian and American people who gave respect to the victims of Srebrenica genocide. He spoke about the importance of his new job which he would start in August 2009 and invited everyone to visit him in the American Embassy in Sarajevo.
Muhammad Abdelrahman., a director of Darfur organization in Illinois, was again our guest speaker and he talked about a genocide that is taking place in Darfur, Sudan, today in front of our eyes.
“The most powerful and emotional moments were,”said Selena Seferovic, a director of Bosnian American Library, “many people told me today, when they heard Mensud Basic, vocal, and Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Phil Simons (American Music Festival) and their music and words from the poem God is One Sheidi, Dzemaludin Latic, arr. Breton/Nuhanovic/Simmons Dzemaludin Latic, arr. LLya Levenson.”
They brought us very close to shehids, victims of Srebrenica Genocide. Many of us in the audience cried.
Phil Simon and American Music Festival, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra were partners with Bosnian American Library in our mission and organization for this event.
I wish you could hear their music while you are reading this poem! (English translation@2009 by Philip Simmons and Samir Hadzalic)
Shehids, you Loved Ones, where are you now?
Beside the fountain, lies knitted towel
And carafe, from which we were created.
Shehids, you Saints, where are you now?
In dust, the trace of naked feet.
Who prays now, on green carpets?
Hey, you Saints, where are you now?
Shehids, you of the Purest Scent, where are you now?
Near the villages, are your castles all over Bosnia!
Like the flowers in the garden, you are cheerful!
Like a string of beads, flickering as stars!
Shehids, like the Angels, where are you now?
Like swallows, going south, you are cheerful.
I am very proud to announce that each July 11th; Srebrenica genocide will be commemorated at the City of Chicago officially. At the City Council, on the 29th of July, the Aldermen Mary Ann Smith will present and sponsor the request of the citizens from Bosnian and Herzegovina who live in Chicago and who signed the petition on April 25 in the Bosnian American Library, which I initiated at the same event/Genocide Prevention .
We would remember Srebrenica Genocide forever!
Special thanks to Edin Seferovic who worked for the Aldermen and used his personal and professional influence on the city politicians and Haris Alibasic for sharing with me the language of Grand Rapids Resolution which passed this year in his city.
The Video presentation of two testimonies is produced by Sanja and Emin Seferovic Drnovsek and special thanks to Ferid Sefer for his help in editing.
Special thanks to Ismet Ramic for the cooperation on the exhibition , Samija Hardarevic Diab for wonderful Bosnian deserts, the Bosnian media that promoted this event: www. chicagoraja.net, www.bosniak.org, http://srebrenica-genocide.blogspot.com, bosnjaci.net, radio “Danas”, “Hajat” TV, bosnianlibrarychicago.com and to everyone who attended this important event.