Genocidal intent of Serbian leader a factor in UN reinstating of charges

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 July 2013, 23:54 GMT]
The UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague has reinstated the charge of genocide against former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic on the basis of evidence that could indicate that the Serbian leader possessed genocidal intent in the campaign again Muslims and non-Serbs at the beginning of the Bosnian war in 1992. This move “reversed the former Bosnian Serb president's acquittal last year on one of the two genocide charges he faces, but it does not amount to a conviction,” The Guardian reported on Thursday. But the ruling means that Karadzic has to face a further charge of genocide, in addition to ten other charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The additional charge of genocide had been brought against him over a campaign to drive hundreds of thousands of Bosnian Muslims (also known as Bosniaks) and Croats out of large parts of Bosnia at the start of the three-year war,” the BBC reported on Thursday, adding that It was dismissed by judges in June last year owing to lack of evidence.

However, appeals judges now believe evidence presented by the prosecution "could indicate that Karadzic possessed genocidal intent" against Muslims and Croats, the BBC reported, citing Judge Theodor Meron.

Around 8000 Muslims were killed in Srebenica owing to the actions of the Serbian forces in 1995.

More than a 100,000 Eezham Tamils were killed between January to May 2009 by Sri Lankan Government forces.

The UN and the International Community of Establishments are yet to recognize the genocidal intent of the Sinhala state not just in the war leading to Mu’l’livaaykkaal, but also in the oppression ongoing in the occupied homeland of the Eezham Tamils.


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