Monday, February 26, 2007

Reaffirmation of genocide

A bit lost in the shuffle is the ICJ's reaffirmation of the ICTY's decisions in numerous cases that genocide occured at Srebrenica. I would like to say that such a ruling would finally shut up those who claim that genocide did not occur in Srebrenica, but I have been around too long to be that naive.

As the President noted reading the verdict summary:

Judge Higgins said: “The acts committed at Srebrenica . . . were committed with the specific intent to destroy in part the group of the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina as such, and accordingly. . . these were acts of genocide committed by Bosnian Serb forces. The court has found that [Serbia] could, and should, have acted to prevent the genocide, but did not.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Dodik has apparently failed to recieve a copy of the ICJ's verdict, or of the ICTYs verdicts as well, as he apparently still believes that genocide did not occur at Srebrenica.


Daniel said...

Please comment:

Daniel said...

Bosnian Serb forces were under overall control of Serbia:

“[F]or the period material to this case (1992), the armed forces of the Republika Srpska were to be regarded as acting under the overall control of and on behalf of the FRY [the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)]. Hence, even after 19 May 1992 the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina between the Bosnian Serbs and the central authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina must be classified as an international armed conflict.” See also Tadic, (Appeals Chamber), July 15, 1999, para. 87.