Isabelle Delpla, Xavier Bougarel, and Jean-Louis Fournel (eds), Investigating Srebrenica. Institutions, Facts, Responsibilities (New York: Berghahn Books 2012).
In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army invaded the enclave of Srebrenica, a UN safe area guarded by Dutch blue helmets, and murdered about 8,000 Muslim Bosniak civilians under the eyes of the international community. Reports say that even as of today as many as 2,306 victims from the massacre are still missing. The massacre of Srebrenica--the secret codeword of the operation was "Krivaja95"--became known as the largest genocidal massacre of a civilian population in Europe since World War II. It represents the deliberate killing of innocent people in the wake of a ferocious civil war in the former socialist republic of ex-Yugoslavia in the first place, and the inaction of the international community who did not intervene to prevent the forced displacement and massacre, too. The present study elucidates how various international state actors and organizations such as the UN, the blue helmets led by the French and Dutch, the Serbs, the Bosnians among others that have been concerned with the massacre have (re)interpreted the facts and responsibilities in their public discourses. It does not discuss criminal responsibilities of individuals as these have been taken care of by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It does not intend to single out individuals who might have failed in their moral judgment and behaviour either.
The main purpose of the study is to explore how national and international entities "face up to their own responsibility in the events" (p. 12) by analyzing and comparing the different parliamentary inquiries, fact-finding missions and UN reports that were...
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