HAGUE TRIBUNAL RESPONDS TO SREBRENICA GENOCIDE BLOG
UPDATE @ 12/12/2012: We welcome Judge Christoph Flugge's acknowledgement that genocide took place in Srebrenica. Dear Judge, thank you for aligning your opinion with the facts. You have our respect!
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Judge Christoph Flügge -- a disgusting example of a genocide denier who has been assigned as a trial judge in the case of Ratko Mladic --- is slowly eroding the credibility of the Hague Tribunal. Remember our protest letters?
In 2009, he gave an interview to German "junk" papers, Der Spiegel --- (same newspaper that lied about Osama bin Laden's visit to Alija Izetbegovic during the Sarajevo's siege, it was impossible to enter Sarajevo at that time) --- and here is what German judge Flügge stated about Srebrenica:
"I don't want to discuss this specific case. More generally, however, I do ask myself whether we even need the term genocide to characterize such crimes. Why do we have to draw this distinction in the first place? Does it make it more or less unjust when a group of people is killed, not for national, ethnic, racist or religious reasons, as regulated in our statute, but merely because these people all happened to be in a certain location? This was often the case during Stalin's battle against the so-called Kulaks in Ukraine. Which is why I believe that we should consider devising a new definition of the crime. Perhaps the term mass murder would eliminate some of the difficulties we face in arriving at legal definitions. It would also work in Cambodia, where Cambodians killed large numbers of Cambodians. What do you call that? Suicidal genocide? Sociocide? Strictly speaking, the term genocide only fits to the Holocaust."
If the genocide strictly applies only to the Holocaust, what do you call separation of Jewish men from women and massacre of 8,000 Jews in Belgrade during World War II? Should we call this event "mass murder" as Judge Flügge suggests, or Genocide? Strictly speaking, Mr. Flügge, we raise our voice to say that Srebrenica massacre WAS GENOCIDE and the entire war in Bosnia-Herzegovina was Genocide against the Bosniak people!
Here is a response we received from the Hague Tribunal:
"I read your email with concern as it is based on misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the original interview that Judge Flugge gave to Der Spiegel on 7 September 2009.
In this interview, when asked whether the Srebrenica massacre can be defined as genocide, Judge Flugge states unequivocally that he does not wish to discuss this specific case. He then answered some questions with respect to the definition of genocide. I am aware that the media in the Balkans gravely misreported Judge Flugge's words and perhaps your misunderstanding stems from those reports. But to state that Judge Flugge publicly denied that genocide was committed in Srebrenica is not only incorrect but a blatant misrepresentation of the content of this interview.
The judges of the ICTY pride themselves on applying the highest international legal standards to their work. As required by the Tribunal’s Statute, Judge Flugge is a person of high moral character, impartiality and integrity who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial offices.
Furthermore, the Statute of the Tribunal has a clear definition of genocide and is the only relevant guidance for every Judge of the ICTY.
I must therefore ask you to desist from further misrepresentation of Judge Flugge’s interview to Der Spiegel. Such actions do much to undo the hard work being undertaken by the Tribunal and furter politicise its role in the region."
The above Desist Notice was received from Nerma Jelacic, spokesperson of the Hague Tribunal.