Friday, June 11, 2004

Bosnian massacres admitted 


An official Bosnian Serb investigation into the Srebrenica events of July 1995 has found that several thousand Muslims were murdered by local Serb forces.

It is the first time the Bosnian Serb authorities have admitted the killings which The Hague war crimes tribunal has declared an act of genocide.

The Bosnian Serb commission reported "grave" violations of human rights and an attempt to conceal evidence.
Just a few hours ago, I finished reading The Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda, by Elizabeth Neuffer. Justice and true reconciliation are still yet to be realized in Bosnia, and it's difficult to say whether they will ever happen. Admissions like today's will help, however. What is really needed, I believe, is a truth and reconciliation process by which the truth, in all its ugliness, can come out. It just might be the only way for the victims of Bosnian ethnic hatred, and the perpetrators as well, to find some kind of catharsis. If everything is out in the open, perhaps then the trust can begin to return.

Today's report is a step in that direction.
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