FORENSIC UPDATE ON SREBRENICA, 6598 VICTIMS DNA IDENTIFIED
|ICMP (International Commission on Missing Persons) staff member works in DNA lab in Sarajevo. ICMP’s DNA-assisted identification efforts resulted in over 16,400 DNA matches worldwide, including more than 6,000 in Srebrenica so far.|
Stephen Karganovic, far-right extremist and genocide denier financed by Republika Srpska has been downplaying the forensic science on Srebrenica and DNA evidence for a long time. Karganovic and his associates are a fringe group of genocide deniers and white Christian supremacists, similar to Norway bomber Anders Breivik who sympathized with their 'crusade' and then went on to kill at least 77 innocent Norwegian children (majority of victims were under the age of 18). No serious researcher will ever quote Stefan Karganovic or any of his associates.
Here is a list of the most active far-right Islamophobic supremacists, deliberate 'disinformers' and long-time genocide deniers (who also sometimes deny their own denial). They are, in random order,
Stefan Karganovic, Andy Wilcoxson, late Milan Bulajic, Nebojsa Malic, Julia Gorin, Pamela Geller, Ed Herman (Edward S. Herman), David Peterson, Phillip Corwin, George Bogdanich, Milivoj Ivanisevic, Ljubisa Simic, Jonathan Rooper, George Bogdanich, George Szamuely, Michael Mandel, Philip Hammond, Germinal Civikov, David N. Gibbs, James Bissett, John Laughland, Ljiljana Bulatovic, Carl Savich, Carlos Martins Branco, David Hebditch, Ola Flyum, Srdja Trifkovic and Alexander Dorin.
As an alternative to their make-believe denials, readers might be interested in the latest forensics update on Srebrenica detailed in a press release issued by the International Commission on Missing Persons on 10 July 2011:
By analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has so far revealed the identity of 6,598 persons missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica.
In an effort to identify the victims ICMP has collected blood samples from 21,566 Srebrenica victims’ survivors. The number of reported missing for whom ICMP has blood samples as well as the matching rate between DNA profiles extracted from these bone and blood samples leads ICMP to support an estimate of around 8,100 individuals missing from the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. This leads us to a conclusion that the bodies of approximately 1,500 persons still need to be found.
So far 5,564 cases of Srebrenica victims have been closed by local court-appointed pathologists. Other cases are pending approvals from family members who have decided to wait until more body parts of their identified relatives are found, before they are buried.
ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger said on this occasion: “On behalf of International Commission on Missing Persons, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families who are burying their loved ones on July 11th. ICMP is dedicated to assisting Bosnia and Herzegovina in continuing to account not only for persons missing from Srebrenica, but for the approximately 10,000 persons who are still missing from Bosnia’s armed conflicts of the 1990’s. It is vital that BiH authorities remain vigilant in accounting for missing persons in accordance with proper rule of law procedures so that families of missing persons can find closure and have access to justice.” She added that “By providing irrefutable scientific evidence of the identity of victims of atrocity, we hope that ICMP’s work will assist in preempting denial and political manipulation and allow authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide accurate and reliable information regarding events that took place during the conflict.”
The introduction of DNA by the ICMP as the basis for identifying large numbers of missing persons from the 1990’s conflicts in the Western Balkans enabled accurate identifications of persons that would never otherwise have been identified. The first DNA match, for a 15 year-old boy from Srebrenica, was made on November 16, 2001. Since then, ICMP has made DNA-identifications for 16,231 persons in the Western Balkans, of which 13,581 are in Bosnia and Herzegovina alone.
ICMP provides governments with technical assistance including locating and identifying missing persons through the use of high-throughput DNA identity testing, as well as forensic support in the fields of archeology and anthropology. ICMP cooperates with the INTERPOL in the field of locating and identifying missing persons in time of disasters, war crimes and crimes against humanity around the globe.