The dehumanizing political discourse in Bosnia increases the fear of a potential repetition of the crimes of the 1990s, the UN General Secretary’s special advisor on the prevention of genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, tells BIRN.
Accepting that genocide was committed against Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995 is necessary if there is to be meaningful post-war reconciliation, the new head of the UN court in The Hague, Graciela Gatti Santana, tells BIRN.
A special international tribunal would be able to prosecute senior officials for the crime of aggression during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and bring justice for victims, says international law professor Andrew Clapham.
Photographer Fabrice Dekoninck visited sites of massacres, torture, imprisonment and mass burials as part of his project to visually document people’s memories of suffering during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Novelist Lejla Kalamujic, whose writing has been shaped by her experience of siege and exile in the violent 1990s, says that the trauma suffered by Bosnian society during the war years still needs to be properly addressed.
The Dutch advisor to Bosnia’s High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, HJPC, says the proceedings conducted against the state court president and chief prosecutor highlight the system’s reluctance to impose serious penalties.
Robert McNeil was one of the first international experts deployed to gather evidence by examining the bodies of victims of the Srebrenica massacres, and memories of what he saw have haunted him ever since.