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English12/07/2019

INZKO DISINTERESTED IN SERBS’ TRAGEDY DURING LAST WAR

 

SARAJEVO, July 12 /SRNA/ - Dušanka Majkić, a Serb delegate in the House of Peoples of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliamentary Assembly, qualified as absolutely unreasonable and inexplicable a stance by High Representative Valentin Inzko refusing to attend commemorations for Serb victims until people stopped negating an alleged genocide in Srebrenica and speaking against BiH.

 

"This time too, the High Representative has shown full solidarity with the truth tailored to Bosniak politicians and totally disinterested in the tragedy of Serbs in the 1990s war,” Majkić told Srna, adding that this was neither the first nor the last time such a thing happened.

According to her, representatives of the international community ought to know there are reasons why Serb representatives in the BiH institutions will never agree to a law on banning the negation of genocide.

Recalling that the Council of Europe requires from the EU Member States to stipulate a crime in their legislation of banning an approval, negation or minimisation of genocide, war crime or crime against humanity established in judgements of a court, Majkić stated that many countries like Great Britain, France, Denmark, Ireland, or Sweden had not incorporated such a provision in their laws.

Majkić points out that the issue of qualifying the events in Srebrenica as genocide is open and will be tackled in the future.

"Portuguese General Carlos Martinez, who was deputy chief of the mission of military observers in BiH and Croatia, said the best thing about it. He says there was no genocide in Srebrenica because it was not premeditated, for had there been a genocidal intent, the Army of Republika Srpska would have closed the Srebrenica enclave so that no one could escape, and instead they left open the corridors for the Bosniaks’ retreat to the north and west,” Majkić said.

She underlines that the issue of denying genocide in Srebrenica was raised by several local and international sources, and after some failed attempts of political parties since 2007 to pass such a law in BiH, it is now insisted upon by the NGO sector.

The main reason why Serbs oppose such a law, Majkić says, is that if such a law were accepted, many Serb citizens might be prosecuted for verbal injury, even those who deny such an act with arguments.

Majkić stated that courts might prosecute the people who say the names of the people inscribed in the memorial centre in Potočari, who are still alive, or the names of the people who did not die in Srebrenica, but some place else.

"Serb representatives would consider that a fresh attempt to introduce verbal injury instead of a thought crime, where Serbs with undesired views and opinions would be punished selectively,” said Majkić.

According to her, attempts to adopt the law on banning genocide were especially intensive when Bosniak officers were at the helm of the two unconstitutional institutions, the Prosecutor’s Office and Court of BiH, under whose tenure a great number of Serbs were prosecuted, while the gravest war crimes Bosniaks had committed against Serbs were ignored.

"With their attempts to have the law on negating genocide passed, the High Representative and the international community do not realise the actual intentions of the Bosniak elite, and that is that Bosniaks want to discipline Serbs on their own history model,” emphasised Majkić.

She added that such a law would disable all future scientific research of the events from the past war, because the results, according to Bosniaks, should not deviate from the findings of the ICTY or other courts’ judgements.

"Such a law would create an atmosphere in BiH where the Serb political elite and common people would be under a constant pressure of sanctions defined by such a law, as they would freely express their views of the war events,” warned Majkić.

According to her, it would be impossible for Republika Srpska to make a documentary about those events and lawyers would not be able to defend persons accused of war crimes.

"These are a few main reasons why Serbs cannot accept such a law until the issue of judiciary is resolved, until the judiciary operates like it should and until the majority of cases of war crimes committed by Bosniaks against Serbs are resolved,” said Majkić.

The OHR said they were going to start consider their higher presence at commemorations for innocent Serb civilian casualties in Podrinje when “conditions for that are created,” meaning “when certain speakers at /some/ commemorations stop negating that genocide happened in Srebrenica, glorifying war criminals, spreading hate speech, and speaking against BiH.” /end/dš