LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 10TH 2009.
tommorow on July 11th, 2009.
PHOTO: A Bosnian Muslim girl touches coffins of relatives, among coffins of Srebrenica genocide victims displayed at the memorial centre of Potocari near Srebrenica on July 10, 2009.
3. Montenegro Parliament declares July 11th Srebrenica Remembrance Day.
4. DNA results confirm 6,186 genocide victims, supports an estimate of 8,100.
5. Jelko Kacin and Diana Wallis honored with a prestigious Srebrenica award.
6. Tensions rise in Kravica, former Serb military base (1992-1995).
7. Bosnian Serb deputies block Srebrenica Remembrance Day.
8. How it all started? Do Not Forget!
2. The 5th annual bike marathon started this morning from the city square in Bihac with participation of 130 cyclists from Bosnia-Herzegovina and seven other European countriesunder the slogan “Never to be Forgotten and Repeated.” Participants will cross more than 500 kilometers in three stages with overnight stays in Jajce and Sarajevo. They will participate in the central genocide commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday July 11th in Potocari-Srebrenica. The youngest participant is only 10 years old, while the oldest is from Germany age 65.
4. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, organisers plan a memorial service Saturday to mark the 14th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) issued a press release saying that so far, 6186 victims have been identified using DNA analysis. The ICMP also stated that “the overall high matching rate between DNA extracted from these bone and blood samples leads ICMP to support an estimate of close to 8100 individuals missing from the fall of Srebrenica.” On Thursday, the remains of 534 victims were sent to the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari for burial during the service.
8. How it all started? 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.
==> More updates coming on July 11th. Stay tuned.