HAGUE JUDGES WRONG: BOSNIAN GENOCIDE (1992-1995) WAS VERY REAL AND UNDENIABLE
"To say that genocide took place 'only' in Srebrenica in July 1995 flies in the face of earlier judicial rulings. Four international judgments in the especially well-argued cases of Nikola Jorgic, Novislav Djajic, Djuradj Kusljic, and Maksim Sokolovic clearly confirm that genocide took place in several municipalities outside of Srebrenica in 1992. All four trials were conducted in Germany — at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — to ease the caseload of ongoing trials at The Hague. All the relevant appeals have long been exhausted, so that judgments in these cases are final and binding." - Daniel Toljaga, Bosnian Institute, UK
|Aerial view of the notorious Serb-run Omarska concentration camp in north-west Bosnia, near Prijedor, in August of 1992. Thousands of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians were interned, tortured, raped, and killed in this camp.|
SENSE Tribunal --- Satko Mujagic and Fikret Alic, former prisoners of the camps in Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje in the Prijedor area, and the Association of Witnesses and Victims of Genocide from Sarajevo filed a motion seeking leave to address the Appeals Chamber in the case against Radovan Karadzic as amici curiae.
They want to speak about the judgment which acquitted the former Republika Srpska president of genocide in the municipalities of Bratunac, Foca, Kljuc, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Vlasenica and Zvornik after the prosecution rested its case.
The applicants contend that as genocide survivors they have a ‘unique interest’ and the right to be heard before the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber. As the motion notes, the applicants have "a human and historic appreciation and understanding of the consequences that will flow from this Tribunal's decision". The applicants are also aware of the "historical consequences of the outcome of this case" and the "lasting impact that this Tribunal's decision will have on the survivors and their descendants, and all the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina".
|Bones and ribs protruding through the skin of the emaciated Bosniak civilians in the Trnopolje concentration camp in August of 1992. (Credit: Ron Haviv, Blood and Honey).|
In a brief attached to their motion seeking the status of amici curiae, the applicants note that the Trial Chamber’s decision to acquit Karadzic of genocide was contrary to the genocide law, contained in the Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and the Tribunal’s jurisprudence. The motion recalls that three Trial Chambers in different cases ruled that there was sufficient evidence allowing a reasonable trier of facts to conclude that genocide was committed in Prijedor and other municipalities in 1992. The three Trial Chambers also concluded that the Bosnian Serb leadership headed by Karadzic did posses a specific genocidal intent.
About 100 associations and individuals who support the motion filed by Mujagic, Alic and the Association of Witnesses and Victims of Genocide are listed in the attachment. The applicants in this case are represented by American law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
LEARN MORE about the concentration camps during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Genocide:
1. Serbs Herded Bosniaks in “Cattle Trucks” for Deportation
2. Bosnian Muslims Transported to Concentration Camps via Cattle Cars for Livestock
3. Omarska: Where Many Prayed to Die
4. Mass Rape of Bosnian Muslim Women in Concetration Camps
5. "We found 620 bodies along fields, houses, roads..."
6. Men begged for dignified death at Omarska
7. Civilians brutally killed on a daily basis
8. Omarska: 500 people killed by sticks, hammers and knives
9. Survivors Detail Executions at Omarska
10. Non-Serbs had to wear 'white bands' in Prijedor
11. "They Forced me Tear Away Their Testicles with my Teeth"
12. Bosnian Muslim Victims Thrown into Animal Rendering Plant
13. Barbed-wired and landmined Manjaca concentration camp
14. Three Convincted in Mass Killing of 200 from Trnopolje concentration camp
15. Serb Commander Identified Himself as "ADOLF"in Luka concentration camp
16. Transfer from Keraterm to Trnopolje: 100 Prisoners Machine-gunned in front of hangar
17. Ed Vulliamy - Concentration Camps in Bosnia
18. Evidence of Serbia's Involvement in Operating Concentration Camps in Bosnia
19. War in Bosnia was CLEARLY a Genocide
20. Bosniak Girl Describes Brutal Rape
21. Bosnian War: It is NOT TRUE that "all parties were equally guilty"
22. Brutal Genocide in Bosnia (1992-95): "I SAW KIDS PUT UNDER THE THREADS OF TANKS... AND THEN RUN OVER"
23. Mass Grave of 456 Bosniak Civilians in Kevljani near Omarska concentration camp
24. Moral Relativism, Moral Equivalism: The Politics of 'Neutrality' in the Bosnian Genocide
25. Serbs Kill 200 Bosniak Prisoners, Heave Bodies Down the Slope
26. Nazi-style Terror for non-Serbs in Prijedor
27. Systematic Rape of Bosnian Muslim Women, An Instrument of Terror
28. FURNACE Used to Burn Victims in the Brcko's Luka Concentration Camp, 3000 Killed
29. Jewish Post: Serbs Used Furnace to Kill Bosniaks During the Genocide in Bosnia (1992)
30. Susica concentration camp: I Found my Father's Head and Some Sister's Bones