THE UNITED NATIONS ON SREBRENICA'S PILLAR OF SHAME
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The United Nations on the Srebrenica's Pillar of Shame
--- 104 testimonies about the role of the UN in genocide against the population of the UN “Srebrenica Safe Haven”
Total of 418 pages, available in English (212 pages) and Bosnian (204 pages)
Published in 2007 on the 11th Anniversary of the Genocide Committed Against the Bosniaks of the “UN Safe Zone” of Srebrenica.
The book can be purchased directly from the NGO Association Women of Srebrenica. If you need more information you can contact them at:
Women of Srebrenica / Zene Srebrenica
Filipa Kljajića 38, 75000 Tuzla
Office Phone #: ++387 (0)35 251 498
The book of statements (testimonies) named “The United Nations on the Srebrenica's Pillar of Shame,” which speaks about responsibility of the international community, is only a bit of what has happened and we have been through in the “UN Srebrenica Safe Haven.” The “Women of Srebrenica” Citizens Association has worked on this project for nearly two years in order to question responsibility of some individuals from the international community, to hand over the book to the Hague Tribunal, and to make possible that responsible individuals be indicted.
The book was handed over to Carla Del Ponte, the Chief Prosecutor at the Tribunal, and yet no individual from the international community was indicted. We met Carla Del Ponte and asked whether she had studied the material and whether she had found any grounds for indictments against individuals who could have prevented genocide in the “UN Srebrenica Safe Haven,” but they would not do it; she responded that there was no grounds for indictments and that is how it all ended.
The fact is that the Association was not optimistic in first place that there would be any indictments, knowing that the Tribunal was founded by the UN, so as the UN itself would have to be indicted, as well as some countries involved in the events in Srebrenica area.
Our gratitude for the book - “The United Nations on the Srebrenica's Pillar of Shame, 104 testimonies about the role of the UN in genocide against the population of the UN Srebrenica Safe Haven” = goes to the IKV NGO in Netherlands, which has been giving us moral and financial support for a few years.
This collection of the statements made by the 107 witnesses, that is, persons who survived the genocide, is only a tiny bit of what happened there in sigh of the UNPROFOR's Dutch battalion; the battalion had a mandate to protect the Srebrenica's population during the war, and yet they turned a blind eye and did nothing to protect the suffering people of the Srebrenica enclave.
The witnesses' statements were collected between January of 2001 and June of 2002.
This book's aim is to present the role of the international factors – such as UNPROFOR, UN, NATO, EU, the British SAS, the French Government and Ministry of Defence, and the Dutch Government and Ministry of Defence – in the events that took place in the “UN Srebrenica Safe Haven” during July of 1995.
Each statement has an audio record and a hard copy transcript signed by the witness, and it is altogether kept in the Association's archive.
Hidajet Kardasevic, who himself survived the genocide and who knows other survivors, lives now in the United States. With cooperation and guidance of the “Women of Srebrenica” Citizens Association, Hidajet interviewed the 104 witnesses.
The collection of the 104 witnesses' statements confirms responsibility of the international factors. However, the investigations at the Hague Tribunal have not so far addressed the issue of responsibility and guilt of the international factors, either those present in the field and involved in the events or those having direct or indirect influence over the events.
As an appendix to this book, there are the last two screams for help of Nihad Nino Catic, a radio reporter from Srebrenica who reported on a daily basis about an alarming situation in Srebrenica that was getting worse by the minute; he was begging for help for people who died at each step being unarmed, hungry, thirsty, and barefoot.
Listening to Nino's report form 10 of July 1995, I cannot help it to make another note. Reporting for the BiH Radio, he said that the Chetniks had already entered a Srebrenica suburb, which was correct (I was there myself). However, two hours later, in a 12 o'clock news, the UN observers reported that 'the situation was calming down.' It was another lie in a series of thousands that the UN observers reported to their superiors at the UN offices in Sarajevo, Zagreb, New York, and who knows where else.
“Women of Srebrenica”
Citizen Association, Tuzla 2007