Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

Posts Tagged ‘Brcko

Bosnia Muslims Standing Alone

The Telegraph-Herald
28 June 1993.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia’s Muslim-led government stood alone today on the battlefront and at the bargaining table, its troops fighting Serbs and Croats and its leadership reluctantly exploring the enemy’s plan to carve the republic into ethnic states.

As the newest round of peace talks were getting under way in Geneva, the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug reported fighting between Serbs and government troops near the northeastern city of Brcko, Bihac, in the northwest and the central town of Trnovo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muslims in Bosnia Converting to Christianity, Fear for Their Lives

New Straits Times
14 December 1993.

BRCKO, Tuesday. — Hundreds of Muslims [Bosniaks] living in Ser-controlled areas in Bosnia have converted to the Orthodox Church and changed their names to distance themselves from their Islamic origins.

But the move in Brcko and surrounding villages is being warily watched by Bosnian Serb authorities worried about its effect on international opinion.

Since January some “hundred people, most of them Muslims” have changed their names, civilian leader Luka Puric told reporters in the north-eastern town of Brcko, 160km west of the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Serbs Sneak and Terrorize Bosniak Civilians in Srebrenica

By Srecko Latal
The Daily Gazette
25 June 1995.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Rebel Serbs sneaked through government lines and opened fire on an eastern city, inflicting numerous civilian casualties, state radio said Saturday.

In the capital of Sarajevo, fighting ebbed to its lowest level since the government launched an offensive June 15, but fierce fighting was reported in northeastern Bosnia.

Government radio said a Serb sabotage unit slipped into the government-held city of Srebrenica early Saturday and committed “a massacre against the civilian population. There are many dead and wounded.” Read the rest of this entry »

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January 3, 2011 at 12:08 am

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 »

Serbs Killed 3,000 Bosniak Women and Children in May-June 1992

White House Hears Accounts of Serbian Atrocities in Bosnia

Beaver County Times
29 September 1992.

WASHINGTON — Two eyewitnesses say they saw as many as 50 Muslim [Bosniak] prisoners killed at a time at Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia as part of a bloody campaign that eventually claimed 3,000 lives, the State Department says.

The Bush administration believes the atrocities to be the worst of the six-month war. They were said to have taken place in the spring in the northwest city of Brcko, not far from the scene of Serbian air strikes Monday that reportedly left 15 dead and 40 wounded.

Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the two Muslim witnesses were former prisoners in a brick factory who independently estimated that 3,000 men, women and children were killed in May and June. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Systematic Killings of Bosnian Muslim Civilians in Bosnian Genocide

Decapitation among brutalities of the Bosnian Genocide

Lawrence Journal – World
23 October 1992.

WASHINGTON — The ethnic hatreds of disintegrated Yugoslavia are producing levels of savagery uncommon even in war, with aggressors decapitating and dismembering prisoners, shooting women in the back, raping children and torturing clerics.

Thousands more are being expelled from their homes, confined to camps with little heat or food, and terrorized by fears of systematic execution.

Such are the conclusions of two reports, one by the State Department and the other by the London-based human rights group Amnesty International, issued Thursday on atrocities in the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia. Read the rest of this entry »

Battle at Brcko crucial for Muslims in Bosnia

Bosnian forces advance toward Brezovo Polje in hopes of freeing Bosnian Muslim civilians tortured in a Serbian-run concentration camp.

New Straits Times
14 October 1992.

Wan A. Hulaimi

LONDON, Tues. — News coming from Bosanski Brod, which reportedly “fell” to Serbian forces last week, reveal the extent of co-operation now existing between Belgrade and Zagreb after a meeting between their two presidents in Geneva to slice up Bosnia-Herzegovina at the expense of the Muslims [Bosniaks]. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm