AA / Belgrade (Serbia)
Dozens of people flocked to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to the nearby town of Visoko to bid a final farewell to the recently identified victims of the 1995 genocide.
On July 11 of each year, newly identified victims of the genocide are buried in a memorial cemetery in Potocari, in the east of the country.
After going through Vogosca, a suburb of Sarajevo, the vehicle carrying the coffins, draped with a large flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stopped near a memorial to children killed in the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995.
Around 1,500 children were massacred during the violent siege of Sarajevo in 1995 by Bosnian Serb forces.
Hussein Kavazovic, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, led the funeral prayer.
Moving scenes were seen as the vehicle drove through the streets, watched by a sea of human beings, including women and children, crying and praying for the victims.
Sefik Dzaferovic, Bosnian member of the country’s presidential council, the Croatian member Zeljko Komsic and the Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovic also attended this ceremony in Sarajevo.
Dzaferovic said it was essential that the parliaments of Kosovo and Montenegro pass bills denouncing the Srebrenica genocide.
“I will not forget the victims of the genocide until the day of judgment. It’s a very deep wound, ”he said.
After the Sunday burials in Potocari, the number of genocide victims buried in the memorial cemetery now stands at 6,671.
Over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed when Bosnian Serb forces attacked Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch peacekeeping troops.
Serbian forces were trying to seize the lands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats to form a state.
The UN Security Council declared Srebrenica a “safe zone” in the spring of 1993. However, troops led by General Ratko Mladic, who was later convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, invaded the United Nations area.
Dutch troops failed to act while Serbian forces occupied the area, killing nearly 2,000 men and boys in a single day, that of July 11.
About 15,000 residents of Srebrenica fled to the nearby mountains, but Serb troops tracked them down and killed 6,000 people.
Bodies of victims were found in 570 different locations across the country.
In 2007, the International Court of Justice in The Hague recognized that genocide had been committed in Srebrenica.
On June 8, 2021, the judges of the United Nations tribunal confirmed at a second instance trial a verdict sentencing Mladic to life imprisonment for genocide, persecution, crimes against humanity, extermination and other war crimes in Bosnia. -Herzegovina.
* Translated from English by Wejden Jlassi
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