27 February 2007

Serbia not guilty of genocide but...

Serbia has been acquitted of committing genocide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but it violated its obligation to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. It also flouted the genocide convention by failing to arrest Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military commander, even though he was hiding in the country.

In the first case of its kind, Bosnia had asked the ICJ to rule on whether the Serbian nation had committed genocide during the war of 1992-95, which left about 100,000 dead. The binding ruling that Serbia was not guilty of genocide, or of conspiracy to commit genocide.

Reading the landmark ruling, Judge Higgins said: “The acts committed at Srebrenica . . . were committed with the specific intent to destroy in part the group of the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina as such, and accordingly. . . these were acts of genocide committed by Bosnian Serb forces. The court has found that [Serbia] could, and should, have acted to prevent the genocide, but did not…. It has not been established that these massacres were committed under the instructions or the direction of the organs of the respondent state [Serbia] nor that the respondent exercised effective control over the operations.” Rejecting Bosnia’s claim for monetary reparations, it added: “Financial compensation is not the appropriate form of reparation for the breach of the obligation to prevent genocide.”

Boris Tadic, the Serbian President, said: “It is important that the Serbian Parliament, as soon as possible, passes a declaration condemning the crime in Srebrenica without any doubt.” He added that Serbia must improve its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which is still seeking six Serbs indicted for war crimes, including Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb wartime leader. “If Serbia fails to complete that cooperation . . . I believe we will face dramatic political and economic consequences,” he cautioned. Talks on Serbia joining the EU are suspended over the issue

As far as I am concerned the first thing Serbia should do is not to pass a declaration condemning Srebrenica but to hand over Mladic et al for trial forthwith.


Agnes said...

Again, some stumbled and fell in a mass grave, how odd that they were thousands, all Muslims. States are always innocent. Nobody is responsible again and again and again, now if you allow me I go and get a bucket. Humpty Dumpty has never been pushed.

Steve Bates said...

Hand over Mladić indeed. It can't come soon enough.

Our local Amnesty International chapter has taken up the cause of Avdo Palic, a Bosnian Government commander serving with the U.N. forces defending Zepa, who was "disappeared" during his attempt to negotiate with the Bosnian Serb Army. Twelve years later, his fate is still unknown; AI-23 still actively pursues information about his disappearance. The linked site (full disclosure: the site is owned and maintained by a Bosnian American who is very active in our AI chapter) says that some 17,000 people were "disappeared" in a similar fashion. It is small comfort, I know, but those people are not forgotten.

jams o donnell said...

Indeed he was Red, Humpty was obviously a victim of a Zionist-illuminati conspiracy.. I'm sure it's somewhjere iin Nostradamus's prophecies!

Seriously I am less than happy with the result. I think Serbia was more that complicit.

I hope Maldic ends up having a long miserable life Steve. Thanks for the link on Palic. His family and and many thousands of others need to know what happened., THe truth must be found and the perpetratirs of these crime brought to justice (sadly I know that is some hope)

beakerkin said...

Serbia should hand over the criminals and be done with it.

jams o donnell said...

No argument there Beakerkin