The Hague, 23 July 2018: The Commissioners and staff of the International Commission on Missing Persons have expressed their condolences to the Association of the Mothers of Srebrenica following the death on Sunday, after a long illness, of the Association’s President, Hatidza Mehmedovic.
“Hatidza represented the strengths that have made the Mothers of Srebrenica a powerful moral force and a model for survivors groups throughout the world,” Ms Bomberger said today. “She responded to the crime against her family by embarking on a life-long pursuit of justice. She mixed compassion for victims with a resolve to pursue the truth.”
Hatidza’s husband, two brothers and two sons were murdered in the 1995 genocide. ICMP assisted in identifying one of Hatidza’s brothers in 2004, and her husband and two sons in 2010. Hatidza returned to live in Srebrenica in 2003.
Since 2001, when it introduced mass DNA matching, ICMP has identified 6,940 of the 8,000 Srebrenica victims. This identification process continues: 33 newly identified victims were buried at the Potocari Memorial Cemetery in Srebrenica on 11 July this year.