Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bosnians lay to rest ethnically purified victims

2014-07-21 13:40:44 | Al Muslim News
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bosnians lay to rest ethnically purified victims


Thousands of Bosnians have gathered for a mass funeral for their loved ones more than 20 years after they were killed in the country’s civil war.Most of the 284 victims laid out in green coffins at a sports field in Kozarac on Sunday were men and all but one – a Roman Catholic Croat – were Muslims. The grand mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein-Kavazovic, led the prayers for the dead before the coffins were loaded into vehicles to be buried in their home villages throughout the region, which is now part of the mainly Serb Republika-Srpska. “In this valley of martyrs, the silence speaks more than words. Genocide was committed here. This evil has shocked us all,” he told the crowd. Some responded by shouting “allahu-akbar” (God is great). Ethnic cleansing The victims, who were found in mass graves, including a huge one in the nearby village of Tomasica last year, were identified through DNA analysis. They were killed in the summer of 1992 when Bosnian Serb forces went from house to house in the Praetor region, killing members of the Muslim or Croat ethnic groups. They then dumped the bodies in mass graves, including the one at Tomasica, which, containing around 400 bodies was one of Bosnia’s biggest. The practice of killing members of other ethnic groups soon became known as a policy of ethnic cleansing. Valentine Inzko, the international High Representative to Bosnia, told the mourners on Sunday that “different communities do not have to live separated. Accepting this as an argument would be an insult for these victims because they were killed in the name of that ideology.” Evidence collected from Tomasica is to be used in the war-crimes trials of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, Ratko Mladic in The Hague. Sunday’s funeral service comes just days after 175 victims of the Srebrenica massacre were laid to rest in the east of the country. Around 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed with Serb forces overran the United Nations protected area, beginning on July 11, 1995. So far, more than 6,000 victims have been buried at the memorial and cemetery at Potocari, just outside of Srebrenica. Each year on the anniversary, the latest victims to be identified are laid to rest..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Turkey, Iran, Iraq concerned over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA: Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey&rs... More

Three civilians killed in held Kashmir claim police

SRINAGAR: Authorities in India-held Kashmir claimed that suspected militants hurled a grenade at motorcade of a local government minister on Thursday,... More

Trump budget opens new fight among Republicans

WASHINGTON: Republican U.S. Representative Todd Rokita keeps a clock hanging on the wall of his Capitol Hill office that tracks the U.S. government... More

15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Black Sea coast

Fifteen people drowned and up to 15 more were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the coas... More

Iran s Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its missile capabilities despite warnings from Washington that it is ready t... More

Fresh fires bomb blast in Myanmars Rakhine

Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said on Friday, the latest unrest in a ... More

Pakistan tells UN wont be scapegoat in Afghan war

Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told... More

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More