DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

05 February, 2010


Macedonia on Thursday condemned the genocide in Srebrenica, the Bosnian town where Serb forces killed 8,000 and forcibly expelled 30,000 Bosniaks in July 1995 in Europe's worst post World War II atrocity.

The parliament of Macedonia passed a declaration, proclaiming July 11 as a day of remembrance for genocide in Srebrenica.

The declaration followed a similar one in January 2009 by the European Parliament which proclaimed the date a day of commemoration and called on countries across the continent to support the move. The document was supported by 70 deputies, while only a deputy from the Party of Serbs in Macedonia voted against it.

From 1992-1995 Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had forced approximately 40,000 Bosnian Muslim refugees to live in the Srebrenica ghetto with little or no means of survival. By Winter 1992/93, the number of Bosniak refugees increased to 80,000.

Serb Army stationed around Srebrenica never demilitarized, even though they were required to do so under the 1993 demilitarization agreements. Furthermore, Serbs around Srebrenica constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages, frequently bombarding them from air and with Serbian airplanes. More than 400 Bosnian Muslim villages were destroyed around Srebrenica in 1992 with at least 11,000 Bosniaks killed in Podrinje (the Drina Valley region encompassing Srebrenica).

In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army - with logistical and military support from Serbia - staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers and paramilitary groups separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 30,000 Bosniaks, and summarily executed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, suspected of being the main culprit for the massacre, goes on trial next month before the ICTY. His army chief and co-accused Ratko Mladic is still on the run and believed to be in hiding in Serbia.