11 Jul 2005
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica the Muslim Council of Britain calls upon the international community to redouble its efforts to secure justice for the victims. Ten years after Serb troops slaughtered 7,800 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica the wounds of genocide remain fresh as ever.
`We must transcend the symbolism of the occasion and ensure that justice is seen to be done. Only then would the healing process begin in Bosnia’, said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
The MCB deplores the double failure of the international community to first, prevent the July 1995 genocide and secondly, to fail to prosecute the two masterminds of Europe’s worst genocide since the Second World War.
`In as much as we look forward to seeing Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic before the War Crimes Tribunal, it is equally important to determine whether or not the genocide was also the result of criminal neglect and collusion’, he added.
Srebrenica was a UN designated ‘safe haven’ at the time of the genocide.
The MCB fully endorses the view of Prosecutor Carla del Ponte that NATO and EUFOR have not done enough to bring the main genocidaires to The Hague.
Although some Bosnian Muslims have reclaimed their homes under the Dayton Accords, most were unable to exercise their right of return. Before the war, Muslims constituted three-quarters of Srebrenica’s population. Today, they account for just 17%. `These ill-gotten gains of conquest must be reversed’, Sir Iqbal said.
As European leaders gather in eastern Bosnia to commemorate the 1995 genocide the MCB commends the decision of The Hague Prosecutor Carla del Ponte not to attend. Her reason could not be more instructive: `As long as the two persons primarily responsible for the Srebrenica genocide are at large, I cannot participate’, she said.[Ends]
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