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Bosnia’s international defender Srebrenica has been banned from denying the genocide

International Defender of Valentine's Insco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, July 26, 2021.

A few days before the end of his decree, the High International Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Austrian Valentine Inco, made the historic decision on July 23 to deny the genocide of Srebrenica, which was done during the conflict. Balkan country between 1992 and 1995. Under the special legislative powers granted to him from the Dayton Treaty signed in 1995, the diplomat introduced amendments to the Bosnian Penal Code for those serving sentences of six months to five years. “Attempts to publicly recognize, deny, completely underestimate or justify crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

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“As we look at the rise in the popularity of war criminals, something needs to be done.”, Justifies in an interview World, He is set to retire on Saturday, July 31, after more than a dozen years as head of this international organization that has overseen Bosnia-Herzegovina since the end of the war. Insco, 72. “I would have wanted a local solution, but it failed four or five times in Parliament.”, He condemns to justify the use of his special legislative powers for the first time in ten years in this country, still deeply divided among Serbs, Croatians and Bosnians.

Anger of the Bosnian Serbs

The amendments went into effect on Wednesday, July 28th. In theory, this law does not apply specifically to the Srebrenica genocide, during which 8,000 Muslim men and adolescents were massacred by Serbian forces. But it is clear that Serbian denial rhetoric, which has become increasingly widespread in recent years, is the main target of the speech in Bosnia.

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“I was waiting for the final verdict in the case Radovan Kardzhik And Radko Mladic [respectivement ex-président et ex-chef militaire des Serbes de Bosnie, condamnés en appel en 2019 et 2020 pour génocide par la justice internationale] Before acting “, Mr. Inco explains, he also mentions the decorations that two men still enjoy beyond their beliefs.

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The legislative amendments to the International Defender, moreover, provoked the anger of the Bosnian Serbs. From Panja Luka, the capital of their company, MM. Maladic and Karatzik have always been openly admired, with all the leaders of Serbian political parties announcing on Monday that they want to boycott the national institutions established in Sarajevo. The nationalist Milorad Dodik, the Serbian representative of the rotating president, initiated a petition and even branded his favorite threat. “Shore” Bosnia. However, this politician who recognized the reality of the genocide ten years ago continues to deny its existence.

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