WHO AM I???

For those of you who were wondering about me, about who I was and why I did the post about Civikov…

I was born and raised in Bosnia and have survived the war but I’ve lost a lot of family and friends. I guess I was lucky NOT to see much … nothing like the above video though!
I’m a Bosnian who wanted to just simply spread the news about Bosnia and the Srebrenica Genocide, because most people don’t know about it and I wanted it to be a warning for all of the human race so we don’t let it happen again, ever, anywhere! Sometimes I think that, if given enough time, we would kill each other off.

The blog was supposed to give info about Srebrenica (and the war in Bosnia) in English. I wanted to post everything that’s going on, even if I (or you) don’t agree with it. This is how my post about Civikov’s book started. I still partially agree with some of his stuff about the ICTY. ICTY has done a lot of great stuff for Bosnians, but they messed up a few times too. I truly think that they have quite a few flaws that HAVE TO be fixed, but that’s a totally different topic. I wanted to get the word out, I wanted comments, replies, and most of all, “I” myself wanted to know what people think about it. I wanted to know what other people thought about this war and Civikov’s book and so on, not just Bosnians. If I wanted Bosnians only to read this blog, I would’ve started it in Bosnian.

Having said all of this, I was so happy to see you all kind of scrutinizing me for that post which, to me meant you cared. You wanted the truth. So, thank you all for keeping up the good work and for standing up for Bosnia.

Sincerely,
L

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VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

I was going to post another article about Srebrenica yesterday (07.11.2011) and, while doing my research, I came upon this video….

please reconsider, before you start watching!!!

… and it seems everything changed for me! I got so sick watching it that I couldn’t take it anymore. I guess my stomach is not strong enough  this kind of stuff.  I’ve been watching all kinds of videos about Srebrenica and Bosnia for years now and none of them made me sick until this one. I guess it only takes once…

I will post it here just because I think people should see and know about what was happening in Bosnia during the war but I have to say that I may not have a stomach to go on with this blog. For those who want to be up-to-date, this is the link to one of the great blogs about Srebrenica.

Thank you,

L

POSTERS APPLAUDING CRIMINAL MLADIC FOR THE “LIBERATION OF SREBRENICA” POSTED ALL OVER SERBIA

Dnevni Avaz article

July 10, 2011

The Terrorist-Fascist Association “Our 1389” is asking for the release of “innocent criminal”

Serbia applauding Mladic for 'liberating' Srebrenica
Serbia applauding Mladic for ‘liberating’ Srebrenica

Activists of the fascist-terrorist association “Serbian National Movement 1389 – Our 1389” from Belgrade have posted flyers/posters this morning throughout Serbia with the image of the war criminal Ratko Mladic, congratulating him on “liberation” of the ‘Serbian town’ of Srebrenica, as stated, from the Muslim terrorists. “

In a statement to the media, this Chetnik movement is seeking the release of “innocent criminal” from the Hague tribunal, and claims that “nobody can take away Mladic’s victory in Srebrenica and The Serbian Republic.”

This obvious provocation and contempt towards the victims of this genocide, the Serbian Association eventually manifests through invitation for the “unification of all Serbian countries”.

How will the Serbian Prosecutor’s Office react to this remains to be seen, considering that this office has, on 25th of September 2009, initiated the adoption of the prohibition of this Fascist Association , which was first heard of on 10th of July 2005. As a reminder, at that time, during the commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide victims in Belgrade, the activists of this criminal association chanted “Knife, wire …” and threw smoke bombs at the assembled activists of “Woman in Black”.

Three years later, in one of the organizer’s possession – Miso Vacic – was found a pistol, ammunition and bulletproof vest which was the reason why the Serbian judicial authorities had  launched the suspension of this group’s work because, it was obvious that a potential terrorist organizations was born out of (a regular) citizens’ associations .

THE LIST and BURIAL OF THE SREBRENICA GENOCIDE VICTIMS 2011

THE LIST OF THE SREBRENICA GENOCIDE VICTIMS BURIED THIS YEAR, 2011

I will try to get the translation in the future, for now, it’s not available.

They keep reading the names of all the victims………………………………..

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(3:34 – cousins and people i knew….)

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Thank you for watching and visiting,

L

16 GODINA OD GENOCIDA U SREBRENICI

Šest stotina i trinaest žrtava genocida u Srebrenici danas (11.7.2011) je pokopano u Memorijalnom centru Potočari. Smiraj je do sada na mezarju u Potočarima pronašlo 5.137 duša. Skup protekao bez incidenata.

Hakija Meholjić je preživio pakao Srebrenice. Njegova braća i drugi članovi porodice nisu. On je danas ukupao bliske rođake svoje supruge. Jedan od ratnih komandanata u Srebrenicu se vratio među prvima i nastoji pomoći da život u ovom gradu ponovo ima šansu: “Danas je sve ovo tužno i to je prošlost. Ovo treba uraditi dostojanstveno. U ime ovih mrtvih treba nešto uraditi i za žive. Kada govorim za žive mislim na građane svih nacionalnosti. Izgradnjom mira, pomirenja i vraćanjem međusobnog povjerenja gradimo budućnost, jer je to sigurno i želja mrtvih bez obzira na nacionalnost”, kaže Meholjić.

Među prisutnim zvaničnicima u Potočarima je bio i Miladin Dragičević, savjetnik Predsjednika Republike Srpske Milorada Dodika: “Danas ispunjavamo jednu ljudsku, civilizacijsku obavezu – poklanjamo se žrtvama. Nadam se da će i sutra neko odavde u ime bošnjačkog naroda doći da se pokloni poginulim, takođe žrtvama na ovoj regiji. Ovo je redovna procedura i treba poštovati svaku žrtvu. Žrtve nemaju imena i prezimena”, kaže Dragičević.

(Ovo je moj komentar i pitanja: Nikako mi nije jasno ko je njemu dozvolio da prica na dzenazi. Vise mu se NIKAD ne treba dozvoliti da udje u Srebrenicu, a komoli prica! Jesu li nase vlasti znale sta ce reci? Da li iko pregleda sta govornici hoce da kazu prije nego sto procitaju/kazu svoj govor? Je li moj bosanski ‘zahrdj’o’ ili Dragicevic trazi od bosanaca da se izvine Srbiji?)

“Boravkom u Srebrenici pokazujemo da smo ljudi”

Marija Perković u ime organizacie “Žene u crnom” iz Beograda govori zašto su one u Potočarima svake godine: “U ovom našem slušaju ta kolektivna odgovornost se odnosi na to što dolazimo iz Srbije  koja je najodgovornija za genocid počinjen u Srebrenici. Zato smatramo da treba svake godine da budemo ovdje jer jedino na taj način mislim da možemo sebi i drugima pokazati da smo ljudi”.

Danas je ukopano je još 613 identifikovanih tijela Bošnjaka ekshumiranih iz masovnih grobnica širom Podrinja i odata pošta za  4.524 dosad ukopane žrtve.

Sadik Selimović član tima za traženje nestalih i ekshumacije kaže da je od današnjih 613 žrtava svaka devata maloljetna žrtva i da su pronađene na 70 lokacija širom BiH u devet općina.

Današnji 16 po redu komorativni skup u Potočarima ostaće zabilježen po velikoj vrućini zbog koje su ekipe hitne pomoći imali pune ruke posla. Osim mahanja nekim ratnim zastavama incidenata nije bilo.

Autor: Marinko Sekulić Kokeza

Odgovorni urednik: Mehmed Smajić

16 YEARS SINCE THE GENOCIDE IN SREBRENICA

Potočari-the saddest place in Europe

Six hundred and thirteen victims of genocide in Srebrenica were buried today (7/11/2011) in the Memorial Center Potocari (Srebrenica). So far, 5,137 souls has found peace at the cemetery in Potocari. The event went without any incidents.

Hakija Meholjić survived the hell of Srebrenica. His brothers and other family members have not. He came here today to bury close relatives of his wife. As one of the wartime commanders, he was one of the first to return to Srebrenica, striving to help make life in this city possible again: “Today, all this is sad and it’s history. This should be done with dignity. On behalf of the dead, something has to be done for the living too. When I talk about the living people, I’m talking about the citizens of all nationalities. By building peace, reconciliation and restoring the mutual trust, we’ll build the future, because this is certainly the wish of the dead, regardless of nationality,” says Meholjić.

The wound that does not heal
The wound that does not heal
Among the officials present in Potocari was also Miladin Dragicevic, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Milorad Dodik: “Today, we fulfill a human, civilizational duty – paying respect to the victims. I hope that tomorrow someone from here, on behalf of the Bosniak people will come to pay homage to the fallen, other victims in this region. This is the regular procedure, and we should respect each victim. The victims have no names or last names”, said Dragicevic.
[THIS IS THE PART THAT I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE MOST!!! He shouldn’t be allowed to ever again come to Srebrenica. NEVER! This also shows – to me anyway – that Serbia is not apologizing for committing this genocide at all, and probably never will.]Staying in Srebrenica shows that we are humans

Marija Perkovic, in the name of organization “Women in Black” from Belgrade, is explaining why they come to Potocari every year: “In our case, there is this collective responsibility that applies because we come from Serbia who is ultimately the most responsible for the genocide committed in Srebrenica. Therefore we think that we need to be here every year because that is the only way, I think, we can show ourselves and others that we are humans”.

Another 613 identified Bosniak bodies have been exhumed from the mass graves across the Drina valley were buried today, and paid respect to 4,524 so far buried victims.Sadik Selimovic, member of the team for missing persons and exhumation says that out of today’s 613 victims, every ninth victim was a minor and that the remains (of these victims) were found at 70 (different) locations across Bosnia and Herzegovina in nine municipalities.

Today’s 16th memorial tribute in Potocari will remain remembered because of the extreme heat that made the emergency crews’ hands full. Apart from waving some war flags, no incidents were reported.

Author: Marinko Sekulic Kokeza
Editor: Mehmet Smajić

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I wanted to keep this blog strictly in English but I decided to post the Bosnian version of this particular post as well.
This was my translation from Bosnian, please feel free to correct me…

THE PEACE MARCH 2011

” …a protest campaign of open character, with international participation, which takes place on annual basis. It is conducted on a mapped route, similar to that which the Bosniaks from the “safe haven”  used to try to reach the free territory under the control of the 2nd Corps of ARBiH, after the fall of Srebrenica into the hands of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS). 

This year’s Peace March will be the seventh campaign, taking place as a part of 16th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica and its environs, in order to remind the world of horrible crimes conducted by army and police forces of Republika Srpska, supported by forces from Serbia, against Bosniaks in “safe haven of the UN” – Srebrenica, in July 1995.

This campaign is called a “protest“, as it aims to attract all the relevant actors at local and international level, for faster arrest and prosecution of persons responsible for committed crimes (genocide, crime against humanity), for administration of justice as a prerequisite for building lasting peace and tolerance among people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Column of participants, consisting of thousands from all around the world and increasing its number each year, starts from a village called Nezuk (Sapna Municipality) and over three days period reaches Potočari (Srebrenica Municipality), by passing over 110 kilometers. A day after the March is finished, participants have the opportunity to attend a memorial service and participate in performing the funeral prayer (in Islamic religious tradition) and burial of identified victims of genocide, found in one of the sites of mass graves that they themselves passed by as part of the planned routes.

Peace March lasts for three days, from 8th to 10th of July 2011, with the same number of stages. Each of the stages is between 35 and 40 kilometers long. The column departs on 8th of July 2011 sometime around 08:30am from Nezuk, Sapna Municipality. From Nezuk, as a starting point, to Potočari, as a destination, participants undergo the following checkpoints:

Nezuk – Baljkovica – Parlog – Crni Vrh – Snagovo – Liplje – Jošanica – Donja Kamenica – Bakrači – Glodi – Udrč – Cerska – Kaldrmica – Đugum – Mravinjci – Burnice – Kameničko Brdo – Ravni Buljim – Jaglići – Šušnjari – Budak – Potočari (Memorijalni centar).

The route includes rugged hill terrains and mountains (Udrč, 1043m), areas densely covered with trees with creeks, and passes through a number of returnee villages, whose hospitality many of the participants experienced in previous years and Marches. In each of these locations, participants have the opportunity to see some of site of importance, that historically date in not so distant past: places where there was mass executions of captured Bosniaks, or places where they found the primary and secondary mass graves.

During the March, on certain checkpoints, short historical classes are held, where there is an opportunity to hear some of the testimonies of survivors and participants of the real “Death March” from 1995.

Check out 2011 Peace March website

ALBRIGHT “ENJOYED” MLADIC ARREST

Madeleine Albright

THE HAGUE — Former top US diplomat Madeleine Albright has welcomed the arrest of Bosnian Serb ex-general Ratko Mladic, saying she “enjoyed” knowing he was now behind bars, a news report said Saturday.

“It may not have been possible, but I particularly enjoy it,” Albright told the national daily De Volkskrant, speaking during a visit to The Hague.

On the run for 16 years, Mladic was arrested in Serbia last month and extradited to the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on May 31. He faced judges for the first time three days later.

“The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do grind,” said Albright, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations during the 1992-95 Balkans conflict, which claimed some 100,000 lives.

Albright, now 74, also played a major role as a former US secretary of state from 1997-2001 in shaping US foreign policy towards a post-war Bosnia-Hercegovina.

In 2002, she testified before the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the case against former high-ranking Bosnian Serb politician, Biljana Plavsic, later sentenced to 11 years in prison for committing crimes against humanity in the war-torn country.

This week, Albright was again in the world justice capital, where she attended the opening of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, a legal training and research institute, the paper said.

Meanhile, some four kilometres (2.5 miles) away, Mladic, 69, is being held in a UN detention unit in a Dutch prison. He is expected to make a second appearance on July 4.

The man called “the Butcher of Bosnia” faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the same charges levelled against Radovan Karadzic, his political alter ego, whose trial is in progress.