Mars mira Srebrenica

TheSrebrenica massacre, also known as theSrebrenica genocide(Bosnian:Genocid u Srebrenici), was thegenocidalkilling, in July 1995, of more than 8,000Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town ofSrebrenicaduring theBosnian War. The killing was perpetrated by units of theArmy of Republika Srpska(VRS)under the commandof GeneralRatko Mladić. The Secretary-General of the United Nations described themass murderas the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.A paramilitary unit fromSerbiaknown as theScorpions, officially part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, participated in the massacre,along with several hundred Ukrainian and Russian volunteers.

In April 1993, the United Nations declared the besiegedenclaveof Srebrenica in the Drina Valley of northeastern Bosnia a "safe area" under UN protection. However, in July 1995, theUnited Nations Protection Force(UNPROFOR), represented on the ground by a 400-strong contingent of Dutchpeacekeepers,Dutchbat, did not prevent the town's capture by the VRS and the subsequent massacre.

In 2004, in a unanimous ruling on the case ofProsecutor v. Krstić, the Appeals Chamber of theInternational Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia(ICTY), located inThe Hague, ruled that the massacre of the enclave's male inhabitants constitutedgenocide, a crime under international law.The forcible transfer of between 25,000 and 30,000 Bosniak women, children and elderly which accompanied the massacre was found to be confirming evidence of the genocidal intent of members of the VRS Main Staff who orchestrated the massacre.In 2005, in a message to the tenth anniversary commemoration of the genocide, the Secretary-General of the United Nations noted that, while blame lay first and foremost with those who planned and carried out the massacre and those who assisted and harboured them, the powers with the ability to had failed to respond adequately, the UN itself had made serious errors of judgement and the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the UN's history forever.

Serbia and Montenegrowas cleared of direct responsibility for or complicity in the massacre, but was found responsible for not doing enough to prevent the massacre and not prosecuting those responsible, in breach of theGenocide Convention. ThePreliminary List of People Missing or Killed in Srebrenicacompiled by the Bosnian Federal Commission of Missing Persons contains 8,373 names.As of July 2012, 6,838 genocide victims have been identified through DNA analysis of body parts recovered from mass graves;as of July 2013, 6,066 victims have been buried at theMemorial Centre of Potočari.SerbianPresidentTomislav Nikolićofficially apologized for the massacre, although he stopped short of calling it genocide.

Mars mira Srebrenica

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 7-11:30pm

The Srebrenica - Potocari Memorial and cemetery for the victims of the 1995 genocide ( massacre ), Donji Potočari, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Donji Potočari

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