As tensions continue to simmer in the former Yugoslav state, Demir Mahmutćehajić’s reflections as to commemoration and erasure of current and previous genocides in Bosnia and elsewhere provides some insight into the possibilities and perils of the future. In July 2017[i], Islamic Human Rights Commission
After the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1992, the newly declared republic became the subject of irredentist claims by neighbouring Serbia and Croatia.
The subsequent war left an estimated 100,000 people killed and saw unspeakable atrocities including the re-emergence of concentration camps in Europe for the first time since World War Two.
At the height of the bloodletting, over 8000 unarmed men and boys seeking refuge in the UN protected “safe-haven” of Srebrenica were massacred in cold blood by Serb soldiers.
The gruesome episode remains a salutary reminder of the evil depths to which humanity can sink in the name of ethnocentric nationalism. It is also a grim warning of the precarious status of Muslim minorities in Europe, even those that appear to be well integrated.
As the passage of time makes the tragedy more and more distant, IHRC strives to keep the memory of the Bosnia War alive in a number of ways including remembering Bosnia in our Genocide Memorial Day that takes place every year and supplying resources to schools to help them teach students about Bosnia.
IHRC’s documentary, ‘Forgotten Genocide’ details how the entire war in Bosnia, waged against its Muslim population, can and should be considered a genocide. Whilst the international community’s echelons have reluctantly accepted that the killing of 8000 men and boys in Srebrenica was genocide, this documentary
A selection of articles, videos and more to help you better understand the genocide that took place
Bosnian Activist Demir Mahmutcehajic discusses the background to and his experiences of the Bosnian war 1992 – 1995. He discusses not only how Srebrenica was a genocide in 1995, but the whole Bosnian war was an evidence of genocide against the Muslim population and those
IHRC believes it is vital that crimes of this scale are recognised for what they are – state organised industrial-scale mass murder.
This month Bosnians and others all over the world will hold events commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the genocide
Karadzic presided over what remains the biggest organised slaughter of Muslims in modern Europe
Forwarded press release from Scotland Against Criminalising Communities on the screening of ‘Forgotten Genocide’