Young Serbian artist Jelena Jacimovic’s images of victims and survivors of the 1995 genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, inspired by their personal testimonies in war crimes archives, are going on display in Belgrade.
Former Bosnian Serb Army battalion commander Srecko Acimovic asked the Bosnian court to acquit him of genocide, saying that he tried but failed to prevent a massacre of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in July 1995.
Prosecutors appealed to the UN court to convict former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic of committing genocide in five Bosnian municipalities in 1995 as well as the Srebrenica genocide in 1995.
Survivors of the 1992-95 Bosnian war have expressed anger after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to make Claire Fox, who has published articles denying the Srebrenica genocide and other wartime crimes, a member of the House of Lords.
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic told the UN court in The Hague that his health was “very bad and worsening” as his defence argued that his appeal against conviction should only be held after medical assessments.
The UN court will hear the former Bosnian Serb military chief’s appeal next month against the verdict convicting him of genocide and other wartime crimes, after it was postponed for Mladic to have an operation and delayed again because of the pandemic.
The UN court in The Hague will not reconsider its decision to reject former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s plea for judges he claims are biased against him to be disqualified from ruling on his attempts to appeal against his sentence.
The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres is a particularly distressing time for people whose loved ones disappeared in July 1995 but whose remains have not yet been found, identified and laid to rest in proper graves.
Public displays of support for war crimes defendants, nationalist political rhetoric and Bosnian Serb officials’ denials of the Srebrenica genocide are causing unease among Bosniaks who have returned to the town after fleeing during the war.