Posts Tagged ‘genocide’

The faces of Genocide at Srebrenice

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Here are the faces of some 2,400 out of the more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys massacred at Srebrenice on July 7-8, 1995.

See RFE/RL, “Lives cut short: The faces of those who died at Srebrenice,” July 13, 2015.

Sometimes it is difficult to grasp what large numbers of victims of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes really signify, in human terms. Look at these pictures to begin to grasp the true nature of the crimes that have created these numbers:

–over 8,000 men and boys massacred at Srebrenice in July, 1995;

–over 6,000 people killed in the eastern Ukraine since Russia began its “stealth” invasion in April, 2014, which is no konger shrouded behind a veil of secrecy; and

–over 220,000 killed in Syria since 2011.

These pictures speak to us on a more direct level than pure numbers, as we peruse them until we begin to grasp the enormity of the crimes involved, as our minds become numb.

The Trenchant Observer

Ratko Mladic to join Radovan Karadic in The Hague; Moammar Qaddafi and Bashar al-Assad await similar fates

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The capture and imminent extradition of Ratko Mladic, the butcher of Srebrenice, to The Hague where he will join his partner in genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, Radovan Karadic, who is currently being tried, should give pause to Moammar Qaddafi and Bashir al-Assad, for a similar fate awaits them.

International justice administered through international tribunals, now including the International Criminal Court, is gaining momentum. Consequently, it is not likely to take as long as 15 years to bring Qaddafi and al-Assad to justice for the crimes they have been and are commtting against their people.

The world is changing, and those committing genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity should be increasingly concerned about their potential international criminal liabiity.

As demonstrated in the earlier cases of Augusto Pinochet of Chile and the generals in charge of Argentina during “the dirty war” of the 1970’s, justice may be slow at times, but it is always persistent.

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