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DUTCHBAT 3 VETERANS CONDEMN MARCO VAN HEES’ SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL ACTIVISM

October 9, 2008 4 comments

An article published in the Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti under the title “Korov laži ispod vetrenjača” is yet another example of the Srebrenica genocide denial activism currently spearheaded by hated UN Dutchbat veteran Marco Van Hees (aka: Marko Van Hes). Van Hees served in Srebrenica but left approximately 6 months before genocide was committed.

He wasn’t even present during the terrible events of July 1995 but still feels qualified to pronounce about them and is anxious to testify before the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in defence of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who publicly vowed to commit genocide by destroying Bosnian Muslims from the face of Earth.

Did Dutchbat troops witness crimes against Bosniaks at Srebrenica?

Recently Marco Van Hees met with Srebrenica genocide denier Milivoje Ivanisevic in Belgrade and informed him that no Dutch soldier had witnessed any crimes committed against the Bosniak (Muslim) population of Srebrenica – a claim easily dismissed by evidence previously offered by Dutch soldiers.

For example, according to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Report, A/54/549:

“One of the Dutchbat soldiers, during his brief stay in Zagreb upon return from Serb-held territory, was quoted as telling a member of the press that “hunting season [is] in full swing… it is not only men supposedly belonging to the Bosnian Government who are targeted…women, including pregnant ones, children and old people aren’t spared. Some are shot and wounded, others have had their ears cut off and some women have been raped.”

In another incident recorded in the ICTY’s 260 page-ruling in the case of Prosecutor vs. Krstic, “a Dutch Bat medical orderly came across two Serb soldiers raping a young woman:

“[W]e saw two Serb soldiers, one of them was standing guard and the other one was lying on the girl, with his pants off. And we saw a girl lying on the ground, on some kind of mattress. There was blood on the mattress, even she was covered with blood. She had bruises on her legs. There was even blood coming down her legs. She was in total shock. She went totally crazy.”

Former Dutchbat 3 Sergeant-Major Hans Thijsen has condemned Marco Van Hees’ Srebrenica genocide denial activism

Hans Thijsen, now President of Reünieverband Dutchbat 3, the association of Dutchbat 3 veterans who served in Srebrenica in 1995, has angrily condemned former Dutchbat member Marco Van Hees for denying genocide at Srebrenica and also for misrepresenting the Dutchbat III web site in Vecernje Novosti. This is Thijsen’s press release translated into English:

We Got You – Fraud Unveiled!

Dutchbat troops,

This week in the Serbian media an interview was conducted with the so-called Dutchbat 3 member who has claimed that he represents 15 Dutchbat troops wanting to testify on Karadzic’s behalf and deny genocide at Srebrenica. He also passes himself off as someone associated with our web site. His name is Marco Van Hees (who served in Dutchbat2 from June 1994 to January 1995). The board of the Reunion Connection for Dutchbat 3 members wish to make it clear that this Marco DOES NOT and MUST NOT speak for us. On behalf of all our members we distance ourselves from this individual and his claims about us, and we will take the necessary steps to prevent any repetition.

Hans Thijsen
Voorzitter reünieverband Dutchbat 3
http://www.dutchbat3.nl

We would like to thank Hans Thijsen for his heartfelt support. Hans Thijsen appeared in a documentary “Monument to Unresolved Grief” commemorating the tragic events and his emotional visit to Srebrenica 10 years after the genocide. For more information, click here.

MARCO VAN HEES AND ALEKSANDAR GAVRILOVIC: SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIERS

October 5, 2008 11 comments

People Behind Dutchbat Srebrenica Genocide Denial Project: Marco Van Hees and Alexandar Gavrilovic. Plus, Two New Srebrenica Genocide Denial NGOs: Serbian Investigation Society and Historical Project Srebrenica.

PHOTO: Meet two Srebrenica genocide denial activists:
Aleksandar Gavrilovic (left) and Marco Van Hees (right).

Marco Van Hees (34), a former Dutch peacekeeper who was stationed in Srebrenica in 1995, is the driving force behind the recent Srebrenica genocide denial activism. He runs Dutchbat III web site used to twist facts and recruit like-minded activists to join him in his genocide denial evangelism [update: Dutchbat III veterans have condemned Marco Van Hees’s Srebrenica genocide denial activism, read here]. As a Serbian war crimes apologist, Van Hees disagrees with what he calls “the version of events imposed by the Western mainstream media.” His mother is reportedly of Serbian ethnic origin, while his father is Dutch – although we could not confirm this independently.

Recently, Marco Van Hees and 15 former Dutchbat members met with the Belgrade-based Srebrenica genocide denier, Milivoje Ivanisevic, and offered to testify on behalf of Radovan Karadzic – former Bosnian Serb leader who publicly wowed to destroy the Bosnian Muslims from the face of Earth. Activist Dutch veterans, led by Van Hees, told Ivanisevic they had to “protect themselves from the Muslims, rather than protect Muslims from the Serbs” in Srebrenica. What they failed to mention is that Serb soldiers wore Dutch helmets and disguised themselves as UN peacekeepers to trick Bosniak men and boys of Srebrenica into surrendering. Then, they killed them.

His Dutch friend of Serbian orgin, Alexandar Gavrilovic (22), recently formed the so called Serbian Investigation Society in Tilburg, Netherlands. According to Serbia’s daily Vecernje Novosti, Gavrilovic’s parents – originally from Cacak, Serbia – came to the Netherlands 25 years ago. The Serbian Investigation Society is NGO active in translating Milivoje Ivanisevic’s genocide denial material and distributing it in the Netherlands.

“My main mission is for the people to learn the truth about suffering of Serbs, not only in the latest wars, but in the entire 20th century,” Aleksandar Gavrilovic said and added that “For starters, the Society will translate into Dutch the book by Milivoj Ivanisevic, Director of the Center for Research of the crimes against the Serb nation, ‘Srebrenica, July 1995, In Search for the Truth.'”

Their friend, Stefan Karganovic (info), is not by coincidence head of the so called Historical Project Srebrenica (Istorijski Projekat Srebrenica) – another Srebrenica genocide denial NGO located in the Netherlands. He recently announced a lawsuit against the UN and Netherlands because of the alleged “suffering of the Serb population in the UN safe haven.” The Serbs, who never demilitarized around Srebrenica, were not even located inside the U.N. enclave known as ‘Safe Haven’ of Srebrenica. Instead, they were located in ethnically cleansed Muslim villages around Srebrenica. The Serb Army used those villages around the enclave to keep Srebrenica under the brutal siege, frequently preventing humanitarian aid from entering the enclave, as well as bombarding the town and killing its civilians.

Marco Van Hees is more popularly known by his outrageous claims that “no Dutchbat soldier saw or heard of either the killing or raping of the Muslim civilians in Bosnia,” a claim Srebrenica genocide survivors fiercely disagree with (read this book: The United Nations on Srebrenica’s Pillar of Shame: 104 testimonies). The Dutch ‘peacekeepers’ cowardly abandoned the people of Srebrenica in 1995 and left disgusting material behind themselves (see photos of Dutch graffiti in Srebrenica).

In a well scripted Srebrenica genocide denial propaganda, Van Hees twists facts and effectively blames victims for genocide,”There was a lot of crime among the Muslims themselves in Srebrenica… We could see the kind of atrocities Muslims were committing against the Serbs,” – he said to Serbia’s Vecernje Novosti.

Of course, he conveniently fails to mention that Serb-held villages around Srebrenica were military bases from which Serbs launched daily attacks on Srebrenica. Furthermore, in three years of war, Serbs suffered 151 civilian victims around Srebrenica – a figure not even comparable to the crime of genocide their army had committed against the Bosniak population of the enclave. In fact, in 1992 ethnic cleansing campaign, Serb Army attacked Podrinje region in Eastern Bosnia and slaughtered 1000 civilians in that area alone. The campaign forced thousands of Bosniak civilians to find themselves trapped in the enclave of Srebrenica besieged by genocidal Serb forces led by Serb General Ratko Mladic – an indicted war criminal and a fugitive on the run.

According to Marco Van Hees’ twisted mind of genocide denial, “There’s lots of problems with the Muslims”, but “With Serbs there are ‘no problems,’” Dutchbat veteran said to Serbian Vecernje Novosti daily.

Srebrenica genocide resulted in the summary executions of 8,000 Bosniaks, including at last 500 children, and forcible deportations of thousands of women and children. Women would not be spared, but Serbs were sensitive to the public opinion so they opted for forcible deportations instead (read more here) – as concluded by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague.