News 22 Sep 14

Genocide Trial Archive Opens at Srebrenica Memorial

The Sense news agency, which covers war crimes trials, opened the new archive of case documents, witness testimonies and forensic evidence at the Srebrenica genocide memorial centre in Potocari.

Denis Dzidic
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The opening of the new archive. Photo: Denis Dzidic.

Sense launched the archive with a multimedia exhibition on Sunday on the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Srebrenica memorial centre.

It said that the aim of the centre was not to show the whole picture of the events in Srebrenica in July 1995, when more than 7,000 Bosniaks were killed, but to illustrate how these crimes were investigated and reconstructed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

“The public knows too little about everything that is going on and is seen in the courtroom, about guilty pleas and evidence of crimes. We summarised it all and offered it for viewing," said the director of the Sense agency, Mirko Klarin.

Mersed Smajlovic, the director of the memorial centre in Potocari, said that the multimedia project would contribute significantly to the investigation of the events of July 1995.

“We opened the memorial centre 11 years ago and we are constantly trying to improve the experience we are offering to the people who visit us. This that Sense has opened will be a treasure trove for researchers and all people interested in Srebrenica,” Smajlovic said.

The vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Carmel Agius, thanked Sense for helping to preserve the legacy of the UN-backed court.

“The tribunal possesses thousands of pieces of evidence, which this way will become available to the wider public for the first time,” Agius said.

He added that he hoped such centres would open throughout the region.

 
  Display at the new archive. Photo: Denis Dzidic.

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Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

The Indictment Against Ratko Mladic

Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.

Ratko Mladic: From Promising Officer to Bloodstained Warlord

When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.

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