World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Radislav Krstic Found Guilty Of Genocide

Bosnia-Herzegovina: General Radislav Krstic Found Guilty Of Genocide

Amnesty International welcomes today’s verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Tribunal) which finds General Radislav Krstic guilty of genocide committed after the fall of Srebrenica. He was sentenced to 46 years imprisonment, the longest sentence so far handed down by the Tribunal.

“The verdict represents a significant contribution in achieving justice for the thousands of victims of summary executions in Srebrenica and their relatives,” Amnesty International said. This verdict - the first handed down by the Tribunal for genocide - also recognizes the magnitude of the systematic violations of international humanitarian law perpetrated by the Bosnian Serbs against largely unarmed Bosnian Muslim soldiers and civilians..

In particular the presiding judge acknowledged the serious mental harm done to the relatives of those who were killed at Srebrenica, describing them as living Aamputated lives” , six years after the massacre.

“Although this verdict is legally significant, the judicial process should also contribute to ending the continued impunity that obstructs the return of those who were expelled from Srebrenica,” added the organization. AThe responsible authorities should arrest both those who actually pulled the trigger, as well as those responsible for planning and ordering the massacre at Srebrenica at a higher military and political level.”

The organization notes that although hundreds of soldiers participated in the murders of those at Srebrenica, only two of those responsible have so far been brought to justice for their crimes by the Tribunal. No trials for Srebrenica have taken place in Bosnian courts.

“mnesty International calls on the government of Republika Srpska to take responsibility for carrying out the arrest and transfer to the Tribunal of all indicted suspects who have remained at large in the entity since the end of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The organization also urged the Stabilization Force (SFOR) to adopt a more aggressive arrest strategy. AOnly one suspect has been arrested by SFOR so far this year. We have repeatedly called on the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR) and its successor, SFOR, to comply with their duty under international law and the Dayton Peace Agreement to seek out and arrest those indicted by the Tribunal,” the organization emphasized.

“mnesty International also stressed the importance - for the families of those massacred at Srebrenica - of the identification of the estimated 4,000 bodies exhumed to date from mass graves. AUntil their loved ones are identified and the bodies handed over to the families for burial, the relatives are unlikely to feel that justice has been done.”

The organization called on the international community to ensure continued support for the DNA-based identification programme carried out by the Missing Person’s Institute (MPI) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, recently established by the International Committee for Missing Persons.

Radislav Krstic has the right to appeal against the verdict and the sentence to the Appeals Chamber.

Background The trial of Bosnian Serb General Radislav Krstic, the first senior officer in the Bosnian Serb Army to appear before the Tribunal, started on 13 March 2000. He was charged with eight counts of genocide, complicity to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war. This is the first trial of a senior Bosnian Serb officer on charges of genocide, relating to the massacre of men and boys at Srebrenica, and has included evidence gathered from the exhumations of individuals believed to have been killed when the UN- protected enclave fell in July 1995. A total of 128 witnesses were called, including the wives and mothers of men and boys killed at Srebrenica.

Radislav Krstic was commander of the Second Brigade of the Romanija Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army; when this was merged with the Drina Corps in 1992, Krstic became its deputy commander.

****************************************************************
You may repost this message onto other sources provided the main text is not altered in any way and both the header crediting Amnesty International and this footer remain intact. Only the list subscription message may be removed.
****************************************************************


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN News: Monkeypox Outbreak Can Still Be Contained, Insists UN Health Agency
The monkeypox outbreak that has been reported in 16 countries and several regions of the world can still be contained and the overall risk of transmission is low, the UN health agency said on Tuesday...
More>>


UN: “COVID-19 Is Not Over”, Tedros Warns World Health Assembly
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told global health Ministers on Sunday that although reported COVID-19 cases and deaths have declined significantly, it is not time to lower the guard... More>>



UN: Bachelet Calls On Mexico To Step Up Efforts As Tragic Milestone Reached Of More Than 100,000 Disappearances

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on the Mexican authorities to step up efforts to ensure truth and justice for victims of disappearances, who now number more than 100,000, according to official data... More>>


Access Now: Elon Musk’s Twitter Buyout Must Not Come At The Expense Of Human Rights

Following today’s announcement that Elon Musk will acquire complete ownership of Twitter in a cash sale of around 44 billion USD, pending shareholder approval, Access Now urges Twitter’s Board, employees, and shareholders... More>>



UN: Biodiversity And Ecosystem Protection Highlighted On Mother Earth Day

Marking International Mother Earth Day, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid urged on Friday, for collective action to safeguard biodiversity and protect ecosystems... More>>

Ukraine: Hundreds More Reach Safety After Fleeing Besieged Mariupol
In Ukraine, humanitarians said on Wednesday that hundreds of people have managed to reach safety after fleeing Mariupol, where there’s also been condemnation for the killing of Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius... More>>