Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

Serbia Accused of Bosnian Genocide

Serbia Accused of Bosnian Genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Bosnia-Herzegovina accused Serbia today of trying to wipe out its Bosniak-Muslim population and culture in what it called Europe’s first genocidal campaign since World War II.

The World Court opened hearings today on Bosnia’s request for emergency protection its war with rebel Serbs that it claims are led and aided by Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.

“Not since the Holocaust of half a century before have we witnessed a crime and aggression that has targeted so directly a civilian population,” Muhamed Sacirbey, Bosnia’s U.N. ambassador, told the court.

“In particular, Bosnian Muslims and their culture are by far the overwhelming victims.”

Sacirbey and Bosnia’s chief counsel cited official and press accounts of murder, summary executions, gang rape of women and children, forced relocation and bombardment of civilian areas by Serb soldiers.

Before the session, Serbia’s chief representative, Ljubinko Civkovic, called Bosnia’s charges “absolutely groundless.” Serbia plans to present its arguments Friday.

Bosnia’s Muslim-led government brought its case under the 1948 Paris Convention Against Genocide. It is the first time such a charge has been made at the International Court of Justice, as the U.N. judicial branch is formally known. The court has no enforcement powers.

Bosnia is also asking the court to rule that it has the rigth tor equest outside military assistance despite a U.N. arms embargo and that other nationas have the right to intervene in the year-old civil war.

Muslim nations have been pressing the United Nations to allow military aid for the Bosnian government because Bosnian Serbs have received arms from the Yugoslav army.

Bosnia’s chief counsel, Francis Boyle, warned of the danger of a wider war.

“The court has the power to prevent the beginning of World War III at Sarajevo in 1993 by granting our request,” Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois, told the 14-judge panel.

The Bosnian war broke out after Bosnia’s majority Bosniaks and Croats voted for secession from Yugoslavia. Bosnian Serbs rebelled against the independence declaration and have seized 70 percent of Bosnia.

Written by genocideinbosnia

April 1, 1993 at 1:47 am

%d bloggers like this: