bosnia-herzegovina

alert status : Genocide alert

 

Genocide stage:

6- Polarization

10- Denial

 

Afected groups:

  • bosniaks

  • serbs

 

Current situation:

  • There is ethnic tension between serbs, bosniaks, and croats

  • Serbs deny the Srebrenica Genocide

 

Developments

Before the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina was one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse republics within Yugoslavia. According to a census taken in 1991, the population included 43% Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), 31% Serbs, and 17% Croats, and 8% other minorities. During his communist regime, the President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, was able to stifle nationalist senti...

July 10, 2020

July 11 marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust.

In July 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the so-called UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

But what led to the massacre?

In the nineties, American genocide scholar Gregory H Stanton, examined the stages of genocide, which eventual...

June 17, 2020

The constitutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and each of the country’s two entities – the Federation of BiH (the Federation) and Republika Srpska (RS) – provide for freedom of religious thought and practice, prohibit religious discrimination, and allow registered religious organizations to operate freely. The Federation constitution declares religion to be “a vital national interest” of the constituent peoples, is stated...

July 11, 2019

Examining what led to the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, on the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

July 11 marks the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust.

In July, 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the so-called UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

But what led to the massacre?

In the nin...

In 1944, an anonymous boy detailed the last days of the Lodz Ghetto, writing in Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew and English in the margins and endpapers of a French novel. (Yad Vashem / World Holocaust Remembrance Center)

Young people caught in the crossfire of history provide fearless accounts of the horrors of war—and shatter our complacency in real time.

The writer of these lines was far from alone in dreaming that he might one day t...

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Thousands of Bosnian Muslims gathered in Srebrenica on Wednesday to mark the 23rd anniversary of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II and attend the funeral for 35 recently identified victims.

The remains of the men and boys slaughtered at the enclave in July 1995 were laid to rest in the town whose name has become synonymous with the brutality of the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The coffins cover...

Yugoslav Army soldiers, in the rear, and Serbian volunteers escort a Croat civilian after they entered Vukovar on November 18, 1991.

The conclusions of a new study out of Belgrade on the role of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) in the Balkan wars of the 1990s include one finding that might shock some readers. The Center for Humanitarian Law in the Serbian capital appears to be saying that the army that gave birth to Yugoslavia...

June 17, 2018

"Foreigners giving up on Bosnia: country close to collapse."

That's a recent headline from Sputnik, the Russian state media arm in Serbia since 2015.

The accompanying photo -- a sepia-toned panoramic shot of Muslim gravestones overlooking the city of Sarajevo, overlaid by a spectrally transparent image of a Bosnian flag -- appears likewise meant to convey imminent doom. It might not be a surprise, given Sputnik's (and Russi...

VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- About a 5-minute drive from the center of this town in Bosnia and Herzegovina's northeast is the hotel Vilina Vlas, with a dark past from the Bosnian War (1992-1995) that the Serb-led Republika Srpska is trying to scrub from history.

Surrounded by forest and hills, roughly 200 Bosniak women were imprisoned in Vilina Vlas by Serbian forces during the war, where they were repeatedly sexually assaul...

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- The third collection letter demanding that 64-year-old Semka Agic pay 3,000 convertible marks (roughly 200,000 yen) in legal fees was delivered to her home here in February. Agic filed for compensation from the government for wartime damages -- but lost.

"I don't want to pay because I was detained for 13 months. I worked for them, I was raped, I lost my son. I'm not going to pay," she said, her voic...

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