• Radoslav Gaćinović Институт за политичке студије Београд


Genocide, war crime, Srebrenica, Bratunac, International community, the United Nations


According to some sources the number of killed Serbs in the regions of Srebrenica and Bratunac in the period 1992-1995 was 3,262, of which the vast majority are unarmed civilians. Military commander of UNPROFOR, Philippe Morillon, stated on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY or the Tribunal) that “there was no genocide in Srebrenica”. What happened in that place in 1995 was the consequence of the terror against Serbs during 1993 which was implemented by the Muslim formations under the command of Naser Orić (ICTY - International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, 12 February 2004, the trial of S. Milosevic). When Judge Richard May warned general Wesley Kanne Clark that he testified in December that Milosevic knew that Srebrenica genocide will happened Morion replied: “Does general Clark even know where Srebrenica is?” Dutch general Thom Karremans testified that among the 25,000 refugees in Potočari there were only about two or three percent of men capable of fighting i.e. between 500 and 750 (the ICTY 4 July 1998). The ICTY appointed Dean Manning for their main investigator of mass graves, and he submitted the following report on May 16, 2000: Until the August 25, 1995, there were found 1824 dead bodies (in final report that number was 1883), of whom 1656 were men, one woman and the other half was not identified yet. The prosecution latest stated despite its expertise that: “In this locations were killed between 4,000 and 6,700 Muslims. In august 2001, Tribunal stated that 2,028 Muslims were killed, and in January 2004 that number was 2,541. However, on the fifth anniversary that number was changed again, and official number of dead Muslims in their files was 4,600. The Tribunal noted that number was a sum of all dead Muslims found by the ICTY’s investigators and Muslim authorities as well. The total number of bodies exhumed by the experts of Hague Tribunal during the investigation of the events in Srebrenica was is at most 1,923. The Tribunal’s forensic documentation indicates about 3,568 cases. In fact, the forensic evidence of the Hague Tribunal supports the story of the senior UN official Philip Corwin about 700-800 executed people. The highest civilian representative of the UN in July 1995 was Philip Corwin, and he claimed until his death in 2012 that at that time about 700 Bosnian Muslims were killed in Srebrenica – and that the difference between that number and the number 7,079 is political. Philip Corwin also wrote a preface to Edward Herman’s book on Srebrenica. Yasushi Akashi, the former head of the UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, testified in his article for Washington Times that: “The main fact is that the forces of Bosnian Government used protected zones not only in Srebrenica but in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Bihać and Goražde as well.” Hubert Wieland as the UN’s head of investigations for human rights violations was not able to find among 20,000 of survivors from Srebrenica any eyewitnesses of the crime during the five day of investigations. Wieland stated for Daily Telegraph that they didn’t find anyone who saw with his own eyes the commission of the crime. Carlos Martins Branco, former deputy director of the UN’s Observer Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, questioned claims of the UN’s observers in Srebrenica, and he wrote that that the estimation about 7,079 victims represented the use of manipulation for the propaganda purpose and added that there is very little doubt that at least 2,000 Bosnian Muslims have been killed in the fight against better trained army of Serbs from Bosnia and Herzegovina during three years of brutal fighting. In his book Les Guerriers de la Paix the former head of the Doctors without Borders and the former Foreign Minister of France claimed that Alija Izetbegović admit to Bernard Kouchner and Richard Holbrooke on the last day of his life that he was exaggerating with his statements about Serbian crimes and that he wanted to provoke NATO intervention against Serbs. Izetbegović mentioned that all three sides had military prison camps, and that those Serbian prison death camps was not what they claimed to be. Kouchner remembers of Izetbegović’s confession: “Those were terrible places, but in them people were not systematically exterminated.”


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How to Cite

Gaćinović, R. . (2018). POLITICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST THE TRUTH ABOUT SREBRENICA. KULTURA POLISA, 15(35), 11–25. Retrieved from https://kpolisa.com/index.php/kp/article/view/419



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