In Bosnia, Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

Source: Foreign Policy
by Janine de Giovanni

“Last May, International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, speaking about war crimes in Libya, said the existence of unexecuted arrest warrants for alleged crimes against humanity or war crimes delays justice, undermines accountability, and ultimately prevents closure for victims. … Sunday marked the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. But there are other crimes in Bosnia that are not commemorated. They include Ahmici, a town in central Bosnia where 116 men, women, and children were brutally killed in 1993 by Bosnian Croat forces, and the systematic rape camps set up to impregnate women by Bosnian Serb forces in eastern Bosnia. Some of the Ahmici perpetrators — who shot the men and herded the women and children into basements before setting them on fire — were also given light sentences. As for the camps, many of the rapists and the commanders were never even indicted.” (07/14/21)