Daily World News Digest, 7 July 2015

War crime convictions urged for Serbian security officials

Balkan Insight reported on 6 July that in an appeal hearing on Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the prosecution asked for a reversal of the initial verdict on former state security officials Stanisic and Simatovic which found them not guilty of war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia during the 1990s. “The trial chamber verdict contains serious errors, it blocked justice and accountability,” the prosecution said, adding that such a ruling “can harm future international justice decisions”. The Hague Tribunal in 2013 acquitted Stanisic, the former head of the Serbian interior ministry’s security service, and his right-hand man, Franko Simatovic, commander of the ministry’s Special Operations Unit, of taking part in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at forcibly removing Bosniaks and Croatians from large parts of Bosnia and Croatia from 1991 to 1995. http://bit.ly/1H6hT35

100,000 Bones exhibit to open in Srebrenica

Balkan Insight carried a story today saying that on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, an artwork made up of 100,000 ceramic bones will be installed to commemorate the victims whose remains were found in mass graves. Velma Saric, the president of the Post-Conflict Research Centre NGO in Sarajevo, said that the exhibit will be installed for the genocide anniversary commemorations this week and will then become a permanent part of the Srebrenica memorial. “This is a vital educational tool and a great symbol. Through this visual exhibition, we wish to commemorate the thousands of victims found in mass graves scattered across the entire region of eastern Bosnia, but also to make sure we have an educational tool in place for younger generation,” said Saric. http://bit.ly/1KOcm5T

Balkans: refugees and migrants beaten by police, left in legal limbo and failed by EU

Amnesty International issued a report today on the thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants – including children – who make dangerous journeys across the Balkans. It says they are suffering violent abuse and extortion at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs and being shamefully let down by a failing European Union (EU) asylum and migration system which leaves them trapped without protection in Serbia and Macedonia. http://bit.ly/1NKBjhZ

Victimology symposium: stories of sex slaves, mass graves end in message of hope

WA Today, a news portal from Australia, carried a story today on the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology, which is currently being held in Perth. Eric Stover, director of the University of California’s Human Rights Centre is a keynote speaker. Stover has helped identify thousands of people buried in mass graves, including victims of the Srebrenica genocide. http://bit.ly/1LPHKls

Srebrenica must be a universal lesson

The World Post carried an article on 6 July saying that Srebrenica must serve as a universal history lesson. There should be no compromising of facts. Manipulation and radicalization of future generations of Serbs and Bosnians must be avoided at all costs. Tragic consequences of this political atmosphere are currently visible in Serbian society, where about 70 percent of surveyed citizens strongly believe that the genocide never took place. http://huff.to/1fjwjGr

Items in Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff.  These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.