- Title: Bosnians mark 25 years since Srebrenica genocide that shocked the world
- Date: 11th July 2020
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING COFFINS THROUGH CROWD TOWARD GRAVES VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOWERING COFFIN INTO GRAVE
- Embargoed: 25th July 2020 14:31
- Keywords: 25 years 25th anniversary Bosnia Bosnian War Srebrenica genocide massacre
- Location: POTOCARI, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
- City: POTOCARI, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
- Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Topics: Race Relations / Ethnic Issues,Society/Social Issues,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMD6SSN
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- Story Text: Bosnians commemorated on Saturday (July 11) the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys inÂ Srebrenica, marking the 25thÂ anniversaryÂ of killings that shocked the world and have stood out as Europe's only atrocity since World War Two constituting genocide.
Grieving families stood by green-draped coffins of nine newly identified victims who will be buried at a flower-shaped cemetery near the town, where tall white tombstones mark the graves of 6,643 other victims.
About 1,000 victims of the massacre in the eastern town duringÂ Bosnia's 1992-1995 war are still missing.
World leaders addressed the solemn ceremony by video link, unable to attend because of coronavirus epidemic. Instead of tens of thousands visitors who typically attend the annual commemoration, only a few thousand came after organisers banned organised visits.
During theÂ Bosnian war,Â Bosnian Serb forces pushed non-Serbs out of territories they sought for their Serb statelet. Fleeing Muslims took shelter in several eastern towns, includingÂ Srebrenica, that were designated as United Nations "safe zones".
On July 11, 1995, the Serb forces commanded by General Ratko Mladic attacked and overrunÂ Srebrenica, which was protected by lightly armed Dutch peacekeepers.
They separated women and children from men and bussed them to territory controlled by theÂ Bosnian army. The men and boys were killed, while those who tried to escape through the woods were captured and executed. Their bodies were dumped into mass graves and later exhumed by U.N. investigators and used as evidence in war crimes trials ofÂ Bosnian Serb leaders.
Most people at the commemoration were MuslimÂ Bosniaks, showing thatÂ BosniaÂ has not achieved reconciliation nearly 25 years since the end of its war, in which about 100,000 people were killed.
The U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia convicted Mladic and his political chief Radovan Karadzic overÂ SrebrenicaÂ genocide but they remained heroes for Serbs, many of whom deny that genocide happened.
(Production: Branko Filipovic, Boris Babic)
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