Remembering Srebrenica in Different Contexts

A new piece at the Warwick Politics Reconsidered blog

Politics Reconsidered

srebrenica 3 ‘Što Te Nema?’ memorial monument being constructed in Geneva. Credit: Dženeta Karabegović, 2015

By Dženeta Karabegović and Maria Koinova

On July 11, 2015 the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was commemorated across the globe. In 1995, during the war of disintegration of Yugoslavia, Bosnian Serb paramilitary forces led by Ratko Mladić, currently on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal on former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) over the course of a few days in the UN declared safe-zone of Srebrenica. The UN-mandated Dutch peacekeeping forces in charge of protecting the enclave ceded control to Mladic’s paramilitary forces, which committed what is widely acknowledged as the worst crime against humanity committed in Europe since the Second World War. The memorial cemetery in Potočari, across from where Dutch peacekeeping forces were headquartered at the time, holds over 6,000 graves today. Still, more…

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