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FROM THE FIELD: A genocide timeline; Srebrenica massacre remembered

Survivors of a massacre of mainly Muslims in the former Yugoslavia, and people associated with the perpetrators of what has become known as the Srebrenica genocide, have been telling their stories in a new exhibition by the United Nations, released 26 years after the events took place.

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Some 8,000 boys and men were killed by Bosnian Serb forces when they overran the town of Srebrenica during a regional war in the Balkans in July 1995, the largest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.

A Muslim man grieves over his son’s grave in Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina (file photo).

UN Photo/John Isaac

A Muslim man grieves over his son’s grave in Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina (file photo).

The exhibition in the form of a timeline, explains how the genocide was planned and carried out.

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It’s been staged by the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) based in The Hague. The IRMCT replaced the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a court also established by the UN to prosecute those persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. 

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