More than 15,000 people have signed a petition to stop premieres in European cities of Boris Malagurski’s controversial documentary film about the Bosnian Serbs, claiming that it distorts the facts about the Srebrenica genocide.
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.
Thousands of Bosniak men walked 100 kilometres across harsh terrain to escape being massacred by Bosnian Serb forces after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995 - but there were also women and children fleeing with them, suffering the same terrors.
At the end of July, exactly one year will have passed since former High Representative Valentin Inzko imposed amendments to the law, banning the denial of genocide and war crimes and the glorification of war criminals. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina has analysed whether and to what extent denial of genocide and war crimes has decreased, why no indictments have been filed despite dozens of criminal complaints, and how difficult it is to prove the glorification of war criminals or genocide denial. We spoke to victims of genocide and other war crimes to see how the glorification of those responsible for persecution, murders and genocide affects their lives.