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).

21 November, 2009


For four days, members of the expert team working for the office of the Cantonal Prosecutor in Tuzla and the Institute for Missing Persons, have worked on the Zalazje mass grave. They uncovered more skeletal remains and some clothing.

According to Danica Kovacevic-Arapovic, this is a secondary mass grave, but there is still no information as to how many remains of the Srebrenica civilians may be found in the grave.

Sadik Selimovic, member of the Institute for Missing Persons, told us that the Zalazje mass grave contains remains of the Srebrenica genocide victims that were captured in the vicinity of Bratunac, killed in Kravica, and then buried in the village of Glogova.

"This is a specific mass grave. We can not reliably say what else we may find in the grave, but we assume that we will find more incomplete bodies. Our findings indicate that the bodies of the slain were taken from the primary mass grave in Glogova and then relocated to the mass grave Zeleni Jadar and other locations," - said Selimović.

Given the size of the grave, 25 x 3.5 meters, it is expected to yield a large number of civilians killed in the Srebrenica genocide in July 1995.

From 1992-1995 Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had forced thousands of Bosniak refugees to live in the Srebrenica ghetto with little or no means of survival. 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 (region encompasing Srebrenica) same year.

In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers and paramilitary thugs, both groups commonly known as "Chetniks," separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 30,000 Bosniaks, and summarily executed at least 8,372 Bosnian Muslims - boys, men, and the elderly. Srebrenica genocide is remembered the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.