11th July 1995 – 11th July 2007
As we commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the largest mass murder in Europe since the Second World War as well as the largest massacre in the of the former Yugoslavian civil war of the 1990’s, we wish to highlight the following:
The accountability of the Republic of Serbia for failing to prevent the genocide and for the impunity of the perpetrators, as well as the accountability of Republika Srpska for the above mentioned genocide (both of which have been confirmed by the verdict of the International Court of Justice).
Both the government of the Republic of Serbia and the authorities of Republika Srpska have assumed a relaxed attitude concerning the heritage of their own past, which represents the expression of their historical irresponsibility, above all, regarding the victims of genocide, but also regarding the future generations. This is an appeal to them to discontinue their institutional denial of the criminal character of the Milošević and Karadzic regimes, to launch the mechanisms that are prerequisites for the fulfillment of the obligations deriving from the verdict of the International Court of Justice, and to open a public debate on the accountability for genocide. The arrest and extradition of the prime suspect for the crime of genocide, Ratko Mladic, is our minimal request from the authorities aspiring to create a democratic image for themselves.
Our support of the Initiation Board’s request for a special status of the Municipality of Srebrenica in accordance with the law on the memorial Center Potočari – Srebrenica.
Both the authorities and the public of Republika Srpska, which came into being as a result of crime, have missed all the opportunities to publicly distance themselves from the criminal past and bear the responsibility for the genocide committed in the name of the idea of Greater Serbia. Thus, Republika Srpska definitely renounced any moral right to any authority over the area where the crime took place.
- Our unconditional support to the lawsuit launched by the mothers of Srebrenica against the Government and the Defense Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and against the United Nations, who contributed to the Potočari genocide.
The condemnation of the domestic planners and executors of this crime cannot provide an amnesty for the international factors, who, with their passive, and even benevolent attitude toward the Serbian military and paramilitary formations, facilitated the largest massive crime after the Second World War, conducted by Mladic's executioners.
Expressing our solidarity with the families of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, we once more ask forgiveness for the crime that was committed in our name.
As part of the commemoration of the twelfth anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, we are organizing:
- A trip to the commemorative meeting in Potočare / Srebrenica, on 11th July 2007.
- A protest on Republic Square in Belgrade, on 10th July 2007, from 19.30 until 20.30 h.
In Belgrade, 10th July 2007
Women in Black – Belgrade
Women in Black Network – Serbia