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Bosnian Genocide

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

In July of 1995, Ratko Mladic, commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, oversaw a brutal campaign of genocide against the mostly civilian population in and around Srebrenica. Over the course of only a few days, over 8000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Mladic's forces, and thousands of women and children were deported. These events shocked the world, which had believed that such genocides were a part of Europe's past, rather than its present. Indeed, the genocide at Srebrenica represents the greatest atrocity committed on European soil since the end of the Holocaust.

On Wednesday, May 16th, the trial against Ratko Mladic began at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. The trial has been long anticipated, as Mladic was able to successfully remain on the run in Serbia for over 15 years after the end of the war. Mladic, who some have dubbed "the Butcher of Bosnia", stands accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, including the genocide in Srebrenica. Describing in detail the personal experiences of two young boys at Srebrenica, the prosecutor at the trial emphasized Mladic's "criminal intent to permanently eliminate Bosnian Muslims and Croats from the territories the Bosnian Serb leadership claimed as their own."

Only one day after the long-awaited trial began, an unexpected decision from the judge throw the court into confusion, when the war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic was suspended until further notice on Thursday over the prosecution's failure to disclose some evidence against Mladic,,the court spokeswoman Nerma Jelacic said

The Cinema for Peace Foundation in Bosnia-Herzegovina is working to honor the experiences of those who survived Srebrenica, and to commemorate those who lost their lives to genocide. Through the Genocide Film Library project, Cinema for Peace aims to collect the video testimonies of 10,000 survivors from Srebrenica. These testimonies will stand as a memorial to the horrible events of history, and ensure that the voices of those who survived are never forgotten. Cinema for Peace hopes that these testimonies can become a key educational resource, helping to provide factual information about an event whose details are so often obscured by nationalist rhetoric. The voices of these survivors will continue to speak for generations, and hopefully play a role in preventing future atrocities. For more information about the work of the ICTY, Mladic case and the Key Figures: www.icty.org

You can watch the Genocide Film Library testimony provided by Srebrenica genocide survivor, Suhra Ahmetovic,below.

 

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Genocide Film Library testimony, genocide survivor, Suhra Ahmetovic

 

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Footage of Mladic entering Srebrenica played at trial

 

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"Snow"

 

 

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“In the Land of Blood and Honey“