Mass killing of children in Sarajevo under siege, 1992-1995 Cover Image

Masovna ubistva djece u Sarajevu pod opsadom 1992–1995.
Mass killing of children in Sarajevo under siege, 1992-1995

Author(s): Zilha Mastalić-Košuta
Subject(s): History
Published by: Naučnoistraživački institut »Ibn Sina«
Keywords: children; mass killing; siege; Sarajevo; VRS; accountability; prosecution of war crimes

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the paper is to present the mass killing84 of children in the part of Sarajevo that was under siege from 6 April 1992 until 31 December 1995. Parts of the city that were under siege were the municipalities of Stari Grad, Centar, Novo Sarajevo, Novi Grad, and smaller sections of Vogošća and Ilidža. Numerous mass killings of children as part of the civilian population happened in Sarajevo. According to International Law o War, they enjoy protection. In 1989 the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, whereby al persons under the age of 18 enjoy special protection. To this one should add the 4th Geneva Convention from 1949, which refers in particular to the protection of women and children. Particularly cruel crimes were the killings of entire families, mass killing of children playing in backyards, at home, while playing or at school, and they will be presented in this paper. Most of them were executed by guided mortar shells fired from positions held by the RS Army (hereinafter: VRS). There are numerous examples of mass killings of children (111 investigated thus far) and this paper will present the most massive ones.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 57-58
  • Page Range: 275-298
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bosnian