Monday, March 05, 2007

ICJ judgment significant despite flaws

Ruling marks an important development in international law - the first time the Genocide Convention has been applied at the ICJ.

There were rare instances of Bosnian Serbs helping their Muslim neighbours, but the majority of them were either bystanders or perpetrators in crimes committed against Bosniaks.

Certainly the fact that some Bosnian Serbs helped the paramilitary groups track down, imprision and kill their neighbors should not be ignored or in anyway sugarcoated, but the exceptionally brave few who in many cases risked their lives to save their neighbors should not be ignored either; I know I have read several anecdotal stories of Bosnian Serbs who helped their Bosniak neighbors. Svetlana Broz has written a book about Bosnians helping Bosnians during the war. Bosniaks helping Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Serbs helping Bosnian Croats, Bosnian Croats helping Bosniaks and so and and so on.

read the full article here


Bg anon said...

I'm going slightly off topic here but not really.

Shaina perhaps you remember some months back Owen mentioned the Economist in the context of being pro Serbian (for want of a better description). I asked him about this but I cant find the topic now to see if he responded. Owen if you are there what do you say about this piece?

It is about the genocide decision. Sorry if you've posted the link already Shaina!

As you can see it doesnt look like a Serb-friendly stance.

Shaina said...

Thanks for the link. Although after reading the article about the ICJ verdict, I couldn't detect much of a pro or anti Serb for that matter, stance in the article. Maybe I'm missing someting. It seemed to be a rather generic piece; raising some obvious questions about the impact of the ICJ verdict on Serbia's possible intergration into the EU, the Mladic factor, and the slim possibility that this verdict will lead to reconciliation or at least a more general consensus about the war in Bosnia and Serbia.

Bg anon said...

'I couldn't detect much of a pro or anti Serb for that matter'

No, you are not missing anything, that was my point!