State Department: The US is proud to sponsor a resolution on genocide in Srebrenica

The United States of America is proud to sponsor the proposed resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica, presented by Rwanda, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Sededin Dedovic
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State Department: The US is proud to sponsor a resolution on genocide in Srebrenica
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Genocide in Srebrenica, a terrible episode in European history, where nearly 9,000 people lost their lives in just 3-4 days in 1995 in the UN protected zone in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The United States of America is the biggest defender of the memory of this terrible genocide and soon they will "sponsor the proposal for a resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica, which was presented by Rwanda, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina," the State Department announced.

"The appropriate commemoration of that crime, as well as the memory of thousands of those who lost their lives, are in line with the earlier efforts of the United Nations to recognize and commemorate other cases of genocide," the State Department announced last night in response to a question from Voice of America.

Bosnian Serb soldiers killed six Bosniaks from Srebrenica with shots in the back, among whom the youngest was 16 and the oldest © Al Jazeera Balkansb / Youtube channel

A wound in the heart of Europe

Srebrenica, a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, became a UN "protected zone" during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995).

However, in July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces under the command of General Ratko Mladic occupied the enclave. A systematic killing campaign followed - the genocide in Srebrenica. Over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were brutally murdered in a few days.

This event is considered the worst and most brutal crime in Europe since the Second World War, and the victims were brutally killed in various morbid ways in the middle of the European continent. Entire families were killed, hundreds of mothers are still searching for the bodies of their loved ones.

Some women of Srebrenica lost several sons, husbands, fathers, 30 male family members each. Of the almost 80 mass graves of victims of the genocide committed in Srebrenica, which have been found so far, only eight graves are of primary character, all the others are secondary, in some cases even tertiary mass graves.

Even after the war, the Serbs did not want to reveal where the graves were because the victims were moved from the graves several times, and therefore Elvis Husic (17), who was a victim of genocide, was found in as many as 3 graves.

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) forensic archaeologist, Renee Kosalka from Canada provides works on an excava© Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images

In July 1995, the VRS (Bosnian Serb Secessionist Army) attempted to cover up the crimes by burying the bodies of Srebrenica victims in a series of primary mass graves near the execution sites.

The public discovery of these mass graves, however, prompted an even more complex and sophisticated cover-up operation between August and November 1995. During this period, the VRS exhumed the bodies from most of the primary graves, in a highly organized and systematic operation, and transported them to the secondary grave sites.

The international community responded with outrage and condemnation. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) classified the massacre as genocide. Individuals like Mladic were eventually arrested and tried for their crimes.

This legal process provided a platform for documenting crimes and holding perpetrators accountable. The genocide in Srebrenica is the most documented genocide ever in history! The United States' support for the UN resolution on Srebrenica signifies a continued commitment to remembering the victims and ensuring justice.

As the State Department stated, "the appropriate commemoration of that crime and the memory of the thousands who lost their lives is consistent with past efforts by the United Nations to recognize and commemorate other instances of genocide." The draft Resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica stipulates, among other things, that July 11 of each year be marked as the "International Day of Remembrance of the Genocide Committed in Srebrenica in 1995".

The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) should discuss it on May 2, while the discussion on the Draft Resolution was announced for Wednesday (April 17) at a closed meeting in the UN.

Relatives pray and mourn at the graves of 613 coffins of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre laid out on a lawn at the Potoc© Sean Gallup / Getty Images

The resolution also condemns the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals, while UN member states are encouraged to preserve judicially established facts through educational systems, in order to prevent revisionism and repetition of genocide.

It emphasizes the importance of completing the process of finding and identifying the remaining victims of genocide and calls for the continuation of the criminal prosecution of the perpetrators of the genocide in Srebrenica.

UN member states are required to respect their obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Marking historical truths is not only symbolic. It serves a vital purpose in the healing process for survivors and the wider community.

Genocide denial only deepens existing wounds and makes reconciliation difficult.

As announced on the official website of the UN, consultations on the draft called "International Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica 1995" were convened by the permanent missions of Germany and Rwanda, together with the missions of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan , the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Turkey and the United States, Voice of America reports.

"Genocide denial is the final stage of genocide"

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called on the permanent members of the United Nations in New York to reject the proposed resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica, which is expected to be adopted in May.

He denies that it was a genocide at all, while Putin's puppet Milorad Dodik, who is the leader of the Bosnian Serbs, denies that it was a genocide and insults the victims. More than 700 years in prison were sentenced for genocide and other crimes in Srebrenica at international courts and courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, and 47 people were convicted, because they were the initiators and executors of the crimes committed.

More than 700 years in prison were sentenced for genocide and other crimes in Srebrenica at international courts and courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, and 47 people were convicted, because they were the initiators and executors of the crimes committed.

In the verdicts in The Hague, it was clearly stated that the Bosnian Serb Army and Police committed systematic and organized genocide with the aim of ethnically cleansing a part of the country. Unfortunately, the Serbs succeeded in doing so, and the police who committed the genocide are still operating in the RS, which, regardless of the verdict, still exists.

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