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Osporavanje genocida vodi u novi genocid
Genocide Denial Leads to New Genocide

Author(s): Selmo Cikotić
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka - Univerzitet u Sarajevu
Keywords: genocide; denial of genocide; international humanitarian law; justice

Summary/Abstract: Even though historians of Bosnia and Herzegovina writes about multiple genocide sufferings of its own people it is the fact that by now it is the International Court of Justice’s judgment on crime against Srebrenica’s Bosniaks committed by the Serb’s military and paramilitary as well as by their police and parapolice forces that has been named genocide. This however does not mean that, in context of genocide definition and even more its essence, a lot of other crimes could not have been named genocide as well. This is why public debate and discussion over genocide issue bears crucial importance, particularly for genocide victims – it is the only way of healing and getting over traumas suffered by such a crime. Nevertheless, very problematic is the fact that it is not only that silence is accompanying Srebrenica’s genocide but that it is its denial happening today. And history has already proven that those being ready to deny genocide are also ready to commit it again. Thus, all efforts taken on the way of shedding the light on already committed genocides and focusing on preventing new ones have a sense, particularly from the prospect of achieving peace and security within Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region of Western Balkans.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 299-311
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bosnian