Srebrenica Anniversary: ADL Calls for Arrests of Bosnian Serb Leaders
Update: On July 21, 2008, Radovan Karadzic was arrested in Serbia and charged with genocide and war crimes. More
New York, NY, July 12, 2005 ... In the wake of the tenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called for fugitive Serb leaders to be arrested and brought to justice.
In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces overran the area around Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia, despite its status as a UN "safe area". Around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically slaughtered and their bodies dumped into mass graves, in the worst example of mass murder on European soil since the Second World War.
Some of the participants in the massacre have been tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, but the two men most closely identified with the atrocity – Radovan Karadzic, political leader of the Bosnian Serbs, and Ratko Mladic, commander of the army of the breakaway 'Bosnian Serb Republic' – remain at large.
"At a time when we are marking the tenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, we renew our call for justice," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "It is imperative that Karadzic and Mladic are caught and brought to trial. As Jews, we know only too well that if justice is to be done, the perpetrators of murder must be made to answer for their crimes."
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