Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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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 »

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Arms Embargo on Bosnia: UN Abeting Muslim Genocide in Europe

By Janan M. Najeeb
The Milwaukee Journal, p A8.
13 November 1993.

The west did not destroy Bosnia. The Serbs did, while the West kept the Bosnians disarmed and barred others from coming to their rescue. That according to Rep. Frank McCloskey, has been abetment of mayhem. By keeping the arms embargo on Bosnia, said the Indiana Democrat during a House debate on the crisis, “we have intervened on the side of genocide.”

Any nation has the right to self-defense. This is guaranteed in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. When the United States and UN recognized Bosnia-Herzegovina as a country, that also meant that its fundamental right to self-defense must be guaranteed. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 13, 1993 at 4:21 am

State Dept. Split by Dissent Over U.S. Inertia in Bosnia

By Ruth Sinai
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p.A4
26 August 1993.

WASHINGTON — The cable was sickening: a 9-year-old Muslim girl raped by Serb militiamen in Bosnia, left lying in a pool of blood. Her parents, forced to watch from behind a fence, restrained from going to her. They kept watch for two days, until she died.

Jon Western, a young intelligence analyst at the State Department, read the account in disbelief. Then it came to his desk again, told to U.S. investigators separately by other refugees, and he was forced to believe.

This month, he became one of four young State Department officials who over the past year have abandoned promising careers to protest the hands-off U.S. policy in Bosnia — which in their view is tantamount to sanctioning a Serb genocide of Muslims [Bosniaks]. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 26, 1993 at 6:47 am

Will the West Ever Act to Stop the Bosnian Genocide?

By Niaz Khan
2 May 1993.

(Niaz Khan, Ph.D, teaches journalism at Livingston University in Alabama. He writes frequently for the Muslim press in America)

LIVINGSTON — Might is right. The rape of Bosnia continues as the world looks on with very little reaction. In the name of “ethnic cleansing,” a sophisticated and newly coined term for genocide, Muslim children, women and men are being murdered, raped and tortured by the Serbs to create a Greater Serbia.

Once a Bosnian ally, the Croatians, fueled by the territorial ambitions of their President Franjo Tudjman, have also begun their brand of Muslim ethnic cleansing. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 2, 1993 at 3:27 am