Monday, July 11, 2005

Srebrenica, 1995

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the fall of Srebrenica, one of the greatest atrocities of the Bosnian conflict, a war full of atrocities. In 1993, the United Nations declared Srebrenica to be a "safe area" to be set apart and protected from the civil war raging in other parts of Bosnia. On July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces pushed aside the lightly armed UN peacekeepers protecting the city and proceeded to kill at least 7,000 Bosnian men and boys in an act that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has labeled genocide.

At present, the two Bosnian Serbs who have been indicted by the ICTY for planning and executing the massacre at Srebrenica--Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic--remain at large. The best way to honor the memory of those who were murdered at Srebrenica is to urge those in a position to do so to find, capture, and hand over to the ICTY Karadzic and Mladic. You can write to the following to urge them to use their influence to see that justice is done.

The Honorable George W. Bush
The President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20500

Dr. Ivan Vujacic
Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro
2134 Kalorama Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008