At the anniversary of the crimes in Bradina and Tuzlanska kapija, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia (YIHR Serbia) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (YIHR BiH) are honouring the victims of these crimes, demanding that the judicial authorities in Serbia and BiH fairly and efficiently complete court proceedings, and that political institutions stop the practice of hiding and glorifying war criminals.
The reactions of the Republic of Serbia’s authorities and media machinery to the Ratko Mladić judgment and IRMCT Report to the UN Security Council represent a shameful attempt to avoid responsibility, inflame nationalist hysteria and deepen the distrust between the citizens of Serbia and the rest of the world.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights has launched the website warinserbia.rs (ratusrbiji.rs) – a platform which compiles crucial information about war crimes and other grave human rights breaches that transpired on the territory of Serbia between 1991 to 2000.
The fifteenth hearing for the kidnapping in Štrpci is scheduled for today (March 2 2020) before the Higher Court, War Crimes Department. Gojko Lukić, Ljubiša Vasiljević, Duško Vasiljević and Dragana Đekić, members of the Avengers, a unit under command of Milan Lukić, and Jovan Lipovac, member of the First Troop, First Battalion of the Višegrad Brigade of the Republic of Srpska Army are on trial before the War Crime Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade for the crime in Štrpci.
In a few days, the 27th anniversary of the abduction at the Štrpci railway station will be marked. This is the railway station at which the express train no. 671 would not normally make a stop. On February 27 1993, members of the paramilitary group Avengers abducted 20 passengers from the Belgrade-Bar train. Among the abducted, there were 18 Bosniaks, one Croat and one person of unknown origin and of darker skin tone.