Two Victims of the Srebrenica Genocide identified

January 18, 2020 3:45 PM

 

Two victims of the Srebrenica genocide have been identified at the Tuzla Commemoration Center on Friday.

The victims who are found are probably the Bosniaks who disappeared in July 1995.

The identity of the victims was determined on the basis of DNA analysis, and today their families have officially confirmed their identity.

Sadik (Selmo) Delić, born in 1977 in Glogova near Bratunac, has been officially identified in Tuzla.

He disappeared in July 1995 and his remains were exhumed from the Kamenica mass grave in Zvornik.

Family members today also identified the remains of Mehmedalija (Edhem) Jugovic, born in 1960 in Prohici near Srebrenica. He also disappeared in the summer of 1995, and his remains were exhumed from the mass grave Liplje in Zvornik, the Institute for Missing Persons of BiH stated in a press relase on Friday.

The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide was the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The killings were perpetrated by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of Ratko Mladic.

The Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia, who had been part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, also participated in the massacre.

In April 1993 the United Nations (UN) had declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica—in the Drina Valley of northeastern Bosnia—a “safe area” under UN protection.

However, the UN failed to both demilitarize the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ARBiH) within Srebrenica and force the withdrawal of the VRS surrounding Srebrenica.

UNPROFOR’s 370 Dutchbat soldiers in Srebrenica did not prevent the town’s capture by the VRS—nor the subsequent genocide.

 

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