The Srebrenica genocide 21 years on: Where lies the accountability?
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The 11th July marks the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide; the worst crime committed on European soil since the holocaust. As the international community looked the other way, more than 8,000 men and boys were murdered in a series of executions and massacres in the days after Srebrenica fell to Bosnian-Serb forces.
Peacekeepers from the UN Dutch Battalion who were meant to be guarding the town turned away the victims from the safehaven in the village of Potocari. They were then killed by the Bosnian-Serb army led by General Ratko Mladic.
A generation later and the international courts are still hearing cases. Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Serbia was prosecuted for genocide and died behind bars. Ratko Mladic and former Bosnian-Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, after years in hiding, are both prosecuted in the Hague for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes; Karadzic’s was convicted and the case is now on appeal. The trial of Mladic is ongoing with judgment expected in November 2017.
But have the international courts and the international community at large delivered justice and what are the lessons learned?
Howard is the former head of mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). He recently retired from the UN after 16 years investigative experience with the ICTY, where he served in BiH, Macedonia and Kosovo with some limited work in Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Before joining the ICTY, he was a career police officer from the UK who served more than 27 years, of which, more than 25 years as a criminal detective.
Toby has served as counsel in a number of high profile international cases, appearing before the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh, the European Court of Human Rights, the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia Herzegovina and the UN Human Rights Committee. He was a member of the prosecution team in Bosnia and Hercegovina v. Radovan Stankovic (2004): Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina which was the first case referred by the ICTY. The defendant was successfully convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. He is member of the Bar of England and Wales and a barrister member at 9 Bedford Row International, and a member of the International Criminal Bureau in the Hague.
Dr Waqar Azmi
Dr Azmi is the chairman of Remembering Srebrenica. He is also the chairman of Waterhouse Consulting Group, and a governor of Birmingham City University. He was appointed as the UK Government’s chief diversity adviser at the Cabinet Office and the EU ambassador for intercultural dialogue.
18:00 - 18:30 Registration and refreshments
18:30 - 18:35 Welcoming remarks
18:35 - 19:30 Panel discussion
19:30 - 20:00 Questions and discussion
20:00 - 20:30 Networking reception
Who should attend?
This event is aimed at those who have an interest in the topic: solicitors, barristers, NGO's and academics.
This event is free of charge to attend.
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