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Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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12-year-old Bosniak Girl Describes Rape by Serb Soldiers

Daily News, p.2
12 December 1992.

ZAGREB, Croatia — The Serbian fighters who have seized large parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina are being accused of systematic rape against captured Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] women and girls. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Bosnian Genocide (1992-95) Confirmed by Four International Judgements

OTHER THAN SREBRENICA: Srebrenica is one of four legally validated genocides that occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1992-95 Serbian aggression. Other notable cases of the Bosnian Genocide include international judgements in the following trials: Prosecutor v Jorgic (Doboj region), Prosecutor v Djajic (Foča region), and Prosecutor v Sokolovic (Kalesija/Zvornik region).

All three cases were tried in Germany — at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — to ease caseload of the ongoing trials at the Hague. Both Nikola Jorgic and Maksim Sokolovic were convicted of genocide (other than Srebrenica); Novislav Djajic was acquitted, but the court confirmed that genocide against the Bosniak population was committed by the Serb forces in eastern Bosnian municipality of Foca.

Bosnian Genocide Memorial in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York – the Largest Christian Church in the World

Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York

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Some Acts are Not Forgivable, Genocidal Rapes in Bosnia

Bosnian Muslim Rape Victims (Bosnian Genocide)

An 18-year old Bosnian Muslim rape victim (September 1992, Bosnian Genocide). Photo by Nina Berman, Sipa Press

An 18-year-old Muslim woman in Bosnia recovers one day after aborting a pregnancy resulting from rape in September 1992. This rape occurred three years before the Srebrenica genocide. Rape was used systematically as an instrument of war in the Bosnian genocide. Photo by Nina Berman/NOOR. (note: lower quality photo posted for ‘fair use’ only, non-profit/educational purposes, full credits given to photographer) Please visit Nina Berman’s blog for more photos.

“I was sent to the special department for the pregnant women at Foca (see: Foca Genocide). I had one month to go. For one month nobody touched us, and then Chetnik soldiers visited us, and took all our gold and took two women from our room at 3 a.m. One of those women had given birth to a dead baby before that and the other was three months pregnant. They brought them back at 9 a.m. The next night they came back and took four women, the two from before and another two, who had newborn babies. It happened every night. They came and took those four women all the time. When I noticed someone was coming in the evening hours…I hid under a sink in a cupboard. Everything else was like normal. We got food for the children. A Serb doctor told us the soldiers wouldn’t touch us…and we didn’t tell them anything. I gave birth to my daughter Aida there. After some months, Munira and the other women were told they would be freed in a prisoner exchange. One evening some soldiers came with vehicles to take us. I thought we would be killed. Dr Cancar saved us. Don’t worry, my children while I’m here nothing will happen to you. And at that moment one of the soldiers took away the woman who had had the stillborn baby…” Read the rest of this entry »

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January 4, 2011 at 4:20 am

Legally Validated Foca Genocide is part of Bosnian Genocide

Foca (Bosnian: Foča, pronounces as: FO-CHA) is a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Drina River, close to Srebrenica. In 1991, the population of the municipality of Foca consisted of 20,790 Bosniaks (Muslims), 18,315 Serbs (Orthodox), 94 Croats (Catholics), 463 Yugoslavs, and 851 Others.

In 1992, the city came under the control of Serbian paramilitaries. Most of the Bosniaks were expelled from the area. Foča was also the site of a rape camp in Partizan hall which was set up by the Serb authorities in which hundreds of Bosniak women were raped.

Once the Serb forces cleared Eastern Bosnia of much of its Bosniak civilian population, the towns and villages were securely in their hands. All of the Serb forces (i.e. the military, police, paramilitaries and sometimes, villagers too) applied the same pattern: houses and apartments of the expelled population were systematically ransacked or burnt down; remaining members of the Bosniak civilian population were rounded up or captured, and sometimes beaten or killed in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 4, 2011 at 4:09 am