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Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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Photojournalism: Bijeljina Massacre, First Day of Bosnian War

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: On 31 March 1992 / 1 April 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: On 31 March 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: A Serbian paramilitary soldier from Arkan's Tigers shoots Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians in the street of Bijeljina on 31 March 1992, the first day of the Bosnian war.  Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: A Serbian paramilitary soldier from Arkan's Tigers shoots Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians in the street of Bijeljina on 31 March 1992, the first day of the Bosnian war. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries kick and kill Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians on the streets of Bijeljina on 31 March 1992, the first day of the Bosnian war. Serbian troops slaughtered hundreds of unarmed Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - men, women, children and elderly - in during the attack on this norteastern Bosnian city. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries kick and kill Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians on the streets of Bijeljina on 31 March 1992, the first day of the Bosnian war. Serbian troops slaughtered hundreds of unarmed Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - men, women, children and elderly - in during the attack on this norteastern Bosnian city. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: On 31 March 1992 / 1 April 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: On 31 March 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Frightened Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians in the town of Biljeljina. On 31 March 1992 / 1 April 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Frightened Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians in the town of Biljeljina. On 31 March 1992, Serbian paramilitary group, led by Zeljko Raznjatovic (ARKAN), slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - women, children, and elderly men - in the town of Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia, near the border with Serbia. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries during the attack on Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia in the first day of war on 31 March 1992. They slaughtered hundreds of unarmed Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - men, women, children and elderly. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries during the attack on Bijeljina in northeastern Bosnia in the first day of war on 31 March 1992. They slaughtered hundreds of unarmed Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians - men, women, children and elderly. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries known as Arkan's Tigers desecrate Mosque in the northeastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina on 31 March 1993, the first day of the Bosnian war. Serbian troops slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak men, women, children and elderly during the attack on Bijeljina. Photographer: Ron Haviv

Bosnian Genocide, 1992: Serbian paramilitaries known as Arkan's Tigers desecrate Mosque in the northeastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina on 31 March 1993, the first day of the Bosnian war. Serbian troops slaughtered hundreds of Bosniak men, women, children and elderly during the attack on Bijeljina. Photographer: Ron Haviv

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Written by genocideinbosnia

January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Serbs Kill 1,040 Bosniak Civilians in Bijeljina massacre, First days of war

Photo Credits: Ron Haviv (31 March 1992)

The Bijeljina massacre refers to the killings of Bosniak civilians by the Serbian paramilitary group Arkan’s Tigers during the Bosnian war. Almost all victims were killed more than three years before the Srebrenica genocide (April-May 1992) when Serbs forces were torching Bosniak villages and killing Bosnian Muslim civilians in eastern Bosnia (Bijeljina, Bratunac, Srebrenica, Zvornik, Foca). Arkan’s Tigers, under JNA command, invaded Bijeljina on 1 April 1992. Local courts have not filed a single war-crimes indictment.The Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo says some 1,040 people were killed in the town.

Eyewitnesses of the killings included photo journalist Ron Haviv, who was invited by Arkan himself. One of his pictures, which depicted “Arkan’s militiaman kicking a dying woman”, was later published and caused Arkan to put out a death warrant on Haviv.

Written by genocideinbosnia

January 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

Ethnic Cleansing of Bosnia, "Civilian Committee for the Exchange of Population"

Ellensburg Daily Record
21 September 1994.

BIJELJINA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Vojkan Djurkovic [Serb] describes himself as a nice guy, just trying to help people get to where they want to go.

Not so, according to hundreds of Bosniaks who say Djurkovic and his henchmen stole their homes and belongings and forced them to travel through a war zone in northern Bosnia to ‘safety.’

The same story is told by many of the thousands of non-Serbs who have arrived this summer in the government-held town of Tuzla, 30 miles southwest of Bijeljina. They accuse Djurkovic and his Orwellian-sounding Civilian Committee for the Exchange of Population of carrying out a mass purge meant to make the region pure Serb. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

Russian Ultranationalist Spreads Hate Message in Bosnia

Bangor Daily News
1 February 1994.

By John Pomfret

BIJELJINA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky brought his campaign of hate to Serb-controlled Bosnia Monday, telling crowds of brandy-chugging, gun-toting Serbs that a NATO bomb dropped on Serb positions here would effectively mean a bomb dropped on Russia.

In an hour-long visit to this city, where tens of thousands of Bosniaks were forced from their homes by Serb paramilitary units more than a year ago, Zhirinovsky met with several alleged war criminals, walked near the site of a demolished mosque — now a parking lot — and pledged Russian support for Serbian ultranationalism.

Zhirinovsky’s trip — which included an afternoon journey to the Croatian city of Vukovar, destroyed by Serb guns in 1991 Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Systematic Rapes of Bosnian Muslim Women, An Instrument of the Bosnian War 1992-95

Introduction by Khadija Husain: Systematic rape is a brutal tactic used in times of war to terrorize women by sexually assaulting them. It has also been used as a means to perform ethnic cleansing by degrading and demoralizing the persecuted ethnic group. According to international law, systematic rape has been declared a crime against humanity as well as a war crime. It is also one of the criteria that identifies a genocide.

The concept of systematic rape was utilized during the genocide in the Bosnian War. During the ethnic cleansing performed by the Serbian soldiers against the Bosnian Muslims, the Bosnian women and girls were tortured by sexual violence. A United Nations committee determined that the number of women who were raped was around twenty thousand, whereas the Bosnian government estimated that there were in fact fifty thousand rape victims. As a result, war crime tribunals are now allowed to prosecute superior officers and hold them liable for the actions of their subordinate soldiers.

Currently in the city of Darfur in Sudan, the Janjawid militia is systematically raping the women there leading to another human rights crisis. This is similar to the brutality faced by Tutsi people in Rwanda where the women and children today still remain distraught and tormented as the deal with the aftermath of the systematic rape by the Hutu tribe that occurred there 10 years ago. There is no question that rape is a tool of genocide even if it does not result in physical death, it does have a decided impact on the rape victims both mentally and spirtually.

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The following is a report from the Dallas Morning news:

Women: Weapons of War

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serb leaders’ policy of “ethnic cleansing” has allowed – or commanded – Serb troops to terrorize, slaughter and rape. Rape required neither gasoline nor bullets and made a powerful weapon, according to local war-crimes investigators.

By George Rodrigue
Dallas Morning News
9 May 1993.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — First Serb prison guards branded Aziza Osmanovic with iron rods. Then they raped her, along with her 12-year-old daughter. Read the rest of this entry »