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9 July 2016

A Srebrenica Mother’s Portrait of Her Lost Sons

Ahead of the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres, a woman whose two sons were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 remembers the day she saw them for the last time.

17 June 2016

Witness Recalls Bosniaks Taken From Vrhpoljski Bridge

A witness at the trial of Mirko Vrucinic says Serbs separated group of Bosniaks on the bridge and took them away, never to be seen again.

7 June 2016

Bosnian Court Closes ‘Srebrenica Genocide Denial’ Trial

In order to prevent potential unrest, the trial of a Serb victims’ association leader for inciting hatred by describing the Srebrenica genocide as “God’s justice” will be held behind closed doors.
11 May 2016

Srebrenica Captives ‘Brought to Zvornik and Executed’

A prosecution witness told the genocide trial of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Zvornik Brigade commander that he heard that captives from Srebrenica were brought to the Zvornik area and executed. 
27 April 2016

‘Genocide Denial’ Row to Dominate Srebrenica Election

The issue of whether or not the Srebrenica massacres constituted genocide is set to dominate the upcoming mayoral vote in the area after Serb parties put forward a joint candidate who has rejected the term.

18 April 2016

Mladic’s Defence Disputes Mass Grave Autopsies

A pathologist testifying in defence of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic contested an autopsy report about war victims’ bodies exhumed from a mass grave at the Tomasica mine near Prijedor.
18 March 2016

Karadzic Verdict: Legal Precedents and Unproven Allegations

The Hague Tribunal has legal precedents for some of the charges against Radovan Karadzic, but allegations that genocide was committed in 1992 and UN peacekeepers were taken hostage have never been proven by the court.

16 March 2016

Stanisic and Milosevic Weren’t in Petkovci During Mass Killing, Witnesses Say

Testifying at a trial dealing with the Srebrenica genocide, additional defense witnesses said that defendants Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic were at a forward command post and on the frontline during an attack in July 1995.

15 March 2016

Witness Says He Guarded Buses Filled with Srebrenica Civilians

A state prosecution witness testified at the trial of five former Bosnian Serb police officials charged with participating in the Srebrenica genocide. The witness, Mile Vuksic said he guarded buses in Bratunac, where Bosniaks from Srebrenica were transported.

11 March 2016

Ratko Mladic Witness Problems Delay Defence Case

Problems with getting witnesses to court have reduced the amount of time that former Bosnian Serb Army chief Ratko Mladic’s defence has to prepare its closing statements at the Hague Tribunal.
9 March 2016

Stanisic at Forward Command Post During Petkovci Attack, Witnesses Say

According to the charges, Stanisic was the commander of the Sixth Battalion of the Zvornicka Brigade with the Bosnian Serb Army and Milosevic was his deputy.

8 March 2016

Former Military Police Officer Describes Seeing Dead Bodies in Bratunac

Testifying at the trial of five defendants charged with participating in the Srebrenica genocide, a prosecution witness and former military policeman said he saw dead bodies in Bratunac after residents of Srebrenica had been brought to a school building on July 13, 1995.

3 March 2016

State Prosecution Calls for Retrial in Aleksandar Cvetkovic Case

The state prosecution has asked the state court to repeal a verdict acquitting Aleksandar Cvetkovic of charges of participating in genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995. The defense objected to the proposal.
24 February 2016

Acimovic Trial Begins, Defense Claims He Refused to Kill Bosniak Captives

The trial of Srecko Acimovic began before the Bosnian state court with a reading of the indictment and the presentation of introductory statements by the prosecution and the defense. Acimovic has been charged with genocide, due to his alleged participation in the mass shooting of 1,040 Bosniaks captured after the fall of Srebrenica.
23 February 2016

Witness Describes Transport of Bosniaks to Kladanj and Bratunac

A state prosecution witness testified at the trial of five former Bosnian Serb fighters charged with participating in the Srebrenica genocide. The witness said he transported able-bodied men from Potocari to Bratunac by bus in July 1995. The witness said that he transported women, children and the elderly to Kladanj a day earlier.

Background

Genocide in BiH

Often called the “crime of crimes”, the crime of genocide has been defined, in the first article of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, as the intent to "destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group" by committing the following acts: "killing members of the group"; "causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group"; "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part"; "imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group" and finally, "forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”.