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SARAJEVO, JANUARY 27 /SRNA/ - The first commemoration to Serb victims in the Federation of BiH /FBiH/ was held Wednesday outside the former prison camp "Silos" in Tarčin outside Sarajevo, where more than 600 Serb civilians were held captive in the last war, 24 of whom died as a result of beatings, torture and starvation.


The gathered people lit 24 candles and laid 24 yellow roses outside the Silos gate in memory of the deceased detainees.

Boško Tomić, an envoy of the Serb member and chairman of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, reminded that the Silos camp was one of the three largest prison camps in BiH in which 24 persons were executed in a severe and martyr's manner, while more than 600 prisoners passed through this camp.

"The civilians who did nothing wrong were detained here, but were imprisoned only because they were Serbs," Tomić told the press.

He emphasizes that the detainees who came here today and who spent about 1,350 days in the camp are the best witnesses to the horrors that happened.

"Let what happened to civilians serve the honor of those who did it, while we ask the Court and the Prosecutor's Office to prosecute and adequately convict those who organised this camp and treated the detainees uncivilized," Tomić said.

East Sarajevo Mayor Ljubiša Ćosić points out there are 126 places where Serbs were imprisoned and tortured, many of whom, unfortunately, died.

He believes that it is time to start developing a culture of remembrance of civilian victims more strongly, as the people who used to live in this area were imprisoned, persecuted and tortured just because they were Serbs.

"It is a sad fact that Dayton was signed on November 21, while the detainees were released on January 27, 1996, which speaks of the intent to keep people here to torture and terrorize them even after the end of the war, only because they were Serbs," Ćosić pointed out.

The head of the Association of Republika Srpska Detainees, Anđelko Nosović, reminds that the last words of the deceased detainees were - "Give us some bread", which best speaks of the situation they were in.

"We did not come here to defy anyone or poke someone’s eye, we just came to say that this was a prison camp exclusively for Serbs and that 99 percent of the prisoners were civilians," he pointed out.

the Silos prison camp, managed by the so-called Army of BiH, was closed today in 1996.

The camp was opened on May 11, 1992, in a facility where wheat was stored before the war, and was closed on January 27, 1996, on Saint Sava Day, two months after the Dayton Peace Agreement was signed.

According to the testimony of former detainees, "Silos" had all the elements of the infamous World War II Auschwitz camp. /end/vos