At the end of this month, White Armband Day will be marked in the city of Prijedor and tributes paid to those who were killed in 1992, including 102 children. In this edition we’ll try to find out how their parents in the city feel today, what revives their traumas and whether post-war returnees are now leaving the town because of what happened in the past, or for other reasons.
In this April edition, we’ll be talking about what and how much children learn in schools about the conflicts of the 1990s. We’ll be focusing on a story about a two-year effort to improve teaching of the facts related to the Bosnian war.
Ahead of the appeal in the Hague court’s trial of former Serbian State Security chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, the widow of a man killed by Serb fighters operating in Bosnia in 1995 said she wants to see justice done.
In 2022, the Bosnian prosecution charged 60 people with war crimes, although ten of them are outside the country so can’t be brought to trial – a problem that the new chief prosecutor has promised to tackle.
Seven former Bosnian Serb Army soldiers were sentenced to a total of 91 years in prison for their role in abducting 20 passengers from a train at Strpci station in Bosnia in February 1993 and then killing them.
The state court confirmed former Bosnian Serb soldier Cvijan Tomanic’s seven-year sentence for his involvement in beating and killing one Bosniak civilian and assaulting others in the Zvornik area in 1992.
On July 10, 1992 in Biljani, which is several kilometres from Kljuc, Bosnian Serb Army soldiers and police took men from their houses and killed more than 200 local residents in one day. The bodies of those who had been killed were found and exhumed from two mass graves right after the war. But locals are still resentful because the judiciary, the Bosnian prosecution in particular, hasn’t prosecuted those responsible even though 30 years have passed since this major crime. Families of victims told BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina what happened that day in July 1992, talking about how men were taken away to the local school and their memories of their last encounters with them.
The prosecution appealed against the verdict acquitting Dragan Vikic, the wartime commander of a Bosnian interior ministry police unit in besieged Sarajevo, of involvement in the killing of eight Yugoslav military prisoners in 1992.