12 July Thursday

IMM Assembly Gathered to Mark 23rd Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide…

The 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre was marked on Wednesday at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipal Assembly has not forgotten the genocide, of July 11, 1995 in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina and resulted in the murder of over 8,000 civilians by Serbian soldiers.

During those dreadful days, approximately 8.000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the days following the fall of Srebrenica.

Under the auspices of an UN peace-force, which was there to protect the large Bosnian Muslim population that sought refuge in and around town, the troops of Ratko Mladić carefully sorted out the men from the women – the men to be executed in the nearby fields or warehouses and the women to be bussed to the Bosnian Muslim safe area around Tuzla.

More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces attacked the United Nations "safe area" of Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.

Srebrenica was besieged by Serb forces who were trying to wrest territory from Bosnian Muslims and Croats to form their own state.

The U.N. Security Council had declared Srebrenica a "safe area" in the spring of 1993. However, Serb troops led by General Ratko Mladic — who was convicted of genocide and war crimes charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — overran the U.N. zone.

The Dutch troops failed to act as Serb forces occupied the area, killing about 2,000 men and boys on July 11 alone. Some 15,000 Srebrenica people fled into the surrounding mountains but Serb troops hunted down and killed 6,000 of them in the forests.

So far 6,610 victims have been buried at the Potocari Memorial Centre. At last year's commemoration, 75 Srebrenica victims were interred at the site.

Every year, the remains of more victims are identified and buried in Potocari on the anniversary of the genocide.

Nearly 170 identified victims are in the Podrinje identification center in Tuzla, but largely due to incomplete remains the victims have not yet been buried.

Hundreds of Bosniak families are still searching for missing people as a large number of victims were thrown into mass graves around the country during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.

A total of 8,400 people remain missing since the war's end, according to the Institute for Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Canlı Destek
  • Beyaz Masa
  • Hava Durumu
  • Trafik
  • Sosyal Tesisler