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Srebrenica 10 years on: Your views
Bosnian Muslim women cry at ceremony marking earlier Srebrenica anniversary
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in the eastern Bosnian town, in what became the worst atrocity to hit Europe since World War II.

Bosnian Serb forces carried out the killings after overrunning the town, which the UN had declared a "safe area".

However the men accused of ordering the massacre - Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander, General Ratko Mladic - are still at large despite efforts to capture them and bring them to trial.

Has enough been done to bring the perpetrators of the Srebrenica massacre to justice? Do you come from the region? What are your memories of the time? How have things changed? Send us your comments and experiences.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

Srebrenica is now used by the West to blame the Serbs for the war and only until all sides admit their failures and responsibilities can we move on. All I see are people pointing their fingers at others when everyone is to blame for the whole conflict.
Peter Dunst, London, UK

As a Bosnian, and finally 10 years after Srebrenica, I am pleased that Europe and the US have finally officially admitted their failures in preventing this genocide. However I cannot understand how 10 years on, the monsters and creators of this massacre are freely roaming.
Jasmin, Sydney Australia

Lots of people still feel the Netherlands are to blame for what happened in Bosnia. I recently spoke to an army officer who'd been there. He still can't talk about what he'd seen. Marriages were wrecked because they couldn't cope or even talk about the horrors they'd witnessed. They were left out in the cold by the UN when they badly needed them and they didn't get enough sufficient psychological help when they returned back home. Please try to understand that to look back and judge what happened is always a lot easier than to have actually been there under the extremely difficult circumstances they were in at that time.
Michelle, Netherlands

I do not blame the Dutch. They could not have done anything
Nirvana Alic, Amman, Jordan<
Being a Bosnian, I feel pain even thinking about Srebrenica. What happened there is a complete UN failure to protect and prevent crimes against people of Srebrenica inside a UN declared Safe Zone. I do not blame the Dutch. They could not have done anything.
Nirvana Alic, Amman, Jordan

The crime in Srebrenica is the shame of our people, but it is not the reflection of what we have wanted or believed in, but of what we hadn't been aware of. Whether the Bosnian people believe it or not the Serbs do not approve of war criminals, however, our misfortune is in those among us who made horrible mistakes and led everyone to believe in the guilt that was not ours - as a whole, but individual.
Sanja Ignjatovic, Serbia

I cannot and I will never understand the mentality of those who commit these atrocities. I can understand bitterness, hatred and wanting revenge but mass murder of helpless innocent people?
John Kumma, Seattle USA

I was serving in Bosnia and became frustrated with the UN at the time of all the safe haven problems. It became apparent that all would be allowed to fall except Sarajevo. The UN as a body has exceptional power but no way wields it due to internal politics. Personally I was relieved when Nato took on matters towards the end.
Frazer, Oxford, England

It is a shame that 10 years on, those responsible for this crime have not been captured
Sandra, Sydney, Australia
I was born in Bosnia and have been there during the war. I have seen many civilians dying, but what happened in Srebrenica cannot be compared to any massacre since World War II. I feel very sorry for these women that have lost their husbands, sons, fathers and brothers. I also think it is a shame that 10 years on, those responsible for this crime have not been captured. I hope that the international community will do more towards the recognition of this crime.
Sandra, Sydney, Australia

This past weekend many of us in St. Louis gathered to remember the criminal massacre that occurred 10 years ago in eastern Bosnia. Roughly fifty thousand Bosnian refugees have relocated to Metro St. Louis. They have become a wonderful addition to our city, but we should never for a single day forget the monstrous crimes they endured. My personal feeling is that those crimes have been compounded ten-fold by the fact that the Serbian perpetrators are permitted to run free.
Larry Gain, St Louis, Missouri USA

It is very interesting to hear political leaders condemn such mass murder decades after the fact. Would it not be nice to see condemnation occur at a time where prevention and ultimately justice can prevail? From Rwanda, Serbia, and Darfur amongst others, the world has watched freedom perish. It is time for this to end!
Scott M, Bowmanville, Canada

I talked with a lot of the Dutch and they seemed very embarrassed about the situation
Stephen Ostwinkle, Minneapolis, MN
I was stationed with NATO at AFCENT in the Netherlands when the war broke out. I remember my co-workers from the other NATO countries thought it was a test for them (NATO) and not the UN, since it was on European soil. I remember that I liked the European TV better than the US because it didn't 'sanitize' the war. I continued to follow the war and was shocked when this happened. I just returned one year ago from spending 9 months on SFOR in Sarajevo. I talked with a lot of the Dutch and they seemed very embarrassed about the situation.
Stephen Ostwinkle, Minneapolis, MN

As a Bosnian Muslim, I lived in Orasje in Northern Bosnia throughout the entire war. I remember the days when Srebrenica was about to fall and reports of massacres started appearing in news columns. Not then and not now do I understand how anybody can sit tight and do nothing while innocent people were dying.
Noah Bajric, Rochester, NY

Ten years on and still the international community has not learned how to deal with ethnic cleansing. One would have thought that after Srebrenica the world would have been quick to act instead of just condemning the atrocities in Darfur.
DW, Chicago USA (Brit Expat)

I feel quite strongly that the failures of the Dutch Armed Forces are being underplayed here. They failed in their duties as soldiers to carry out their mission, and the resignation of their government subsequently doesn't wipe this stain from their honour.
Ben Rigby, Brentwood, Essex

The international community need to much more for a lasting peace to be secured in Bosnia
James Wild, London UK
The world let the people of Bosnia down so terribly in 1995. But what have we done for them since? We have not caught those responsible, not brought prosperity to Bosnia, and not left them with a viable state. The international community need to much more for a lasting peace to be secured in Bosnia.
James Wild, London UK

Until the Serbian people themselves can accept that the massacres at Srebrenica happened, the international community will struggle to bring those responsible, especially Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, to justice. Until we learn from the past, we are destined to continue repeating it.
Maria, Lincoln, UK

This sad anniversary, viewed alongside the events in London and Madrid, shows clearly that the enemy is not Islam nor Christianity. Our foes in Europe are prejudice, bigotry, extremism and hatred of all kinds.
Martin Searle, Bangkok, Thailand

The perpetrators of such hideous crimes should be brought to justice. There will never be reconciliation until all victims get justice.
Alex, Milton Keynes

I lost my mother in that appalling war
Alma S Walther, Aalborg, Denmarke
I come from Sarajevo and I lost my mother in that appalling war. That loss has changed my life forever. I know how it feels losing a family member and that's why I still cry whenever I see Srebrenica survivors. Looking back from where I am now, I can only respect the German nation for being able to confront itself with their past. I wish other nations could pluck up the courage to do the same.
Alma S Walther, Aalborg, Denmark

The Srebrenica massacre makes every heart bleed. It hurts me even more because it was perpetrated by my country, and because for the rest of my life I will have to bear a peace of guilt while those who are responsible are walking free.
Janja, Belgrade, Serbia

Sasa Markovic, Belgrade Yugoslavia - your call to "forget the actual massacre & instead concentrate on the reasons behind it" implies that the massacre can in some way be justified. It can't. What 'facts' could ever explain the cold blooded slaughter of over 8,000 people? Rather than blame "the world for looking away" you should blame those who pulled the triggers. "I was just following orders" is no more a valid defence than it was at Nuremberg.
Peter, Nottingham

Having spent a couple of months based in Srebrenica a couple of years ago, I can only highlight the devastation and shadow which still hangs over the town. With so few Muslims returning, and the town now occupied by Serbs (themselves displaced), what hope is there? The billions of pounds Bosnia has had in aid is being wasted because the Dayton Agreement is rigid and long overdue a revision.
Michael Taylor, London

It took me time to be able to conquer the hatred that overflowed me
Amela, Tuzla, Bosnia
Even after ten years, the pain has not faded away. Tears of terrified and devastated mothers, horrified children who lost their fathers. A human being should forgive since in that way he or she differs himself from the violent crowds. But how can one stay dignified and fight the hatred and injustice done to them? I have not lost anyone in the war, but it took me time to be able to conquer the hatred that overflowed me. I admire all those mothers and families who continue to show courage and continue to live. Forgiveness is the only way. Purity of the heart is the only shelter.
Amela, Tuzla, Bosnia

What happened in Srebrenica was something that should never happen. Yet this act occurred well into the Yugoslavian war. My question is where was the US and UK then? What did the UN do to save these people?
Khalil, Leeds, UK

The trauma for the Srebrenica Dutch UN-peace keeping force lives on today. Left out in the cold by the UN Security Council, these few troops were unable to prevent these war crimes, despite urgent requests for assistance. Much more should be done to finally apprehend the perpetrators and the true role of the allies should finally come to light.
Mr Ynse Kalsbeek, Hoorn, The Netherlands

Those people should be held to account for their crimes
Keith Downer, London, UK
I am sure that atrocities were carried out by all sides during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and it is easy to try and offset one side's evil deed against that committed by the other side. However, in the name of humanity, where it is possible to apportion responsibility and blame to specific individuals or organisations, whatever side they represent, those people should be held to account for their crimes.
Keith Downer, London, UK

I was saddened at the sight this morning as the victims of hate were laid to rest. I found the voices of the choir to be both moving and haunting, I could feel the emotion through the music and voices. What I would like to know is when will the two who are chiefly responsible for these murders will be brought to justice. Surely the Serbian people can no longer support these two evil men in their midst.
Joseph T. Peterson, Louisville, KY, USA

My grandfather Alija Salihovic was killed in this gruesome massacre. May his soul rest in peace and may the perpetrators of this egregious war crime receive their punishments as soon as possible. I hope that the massacre in Srebrenica will forever be remembered because those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
Alan Kocevic, Halmstad, Sweden

I was a Territorial Army soldier at the time and we were part of NATO's Raid Reaction Force. We wanted to go to Srebrenica to defend it against the massacre we all knew was coming. The government wouldn't mobilise us and we were all frustrated. I was, and still am, ashamed of Britain's part in this all.
Stephen Jefferies, Southsea, UK

Although I was born and raised in Turkey, my mom is originally from Bosnia. Therefore, this massacre hurts me more. The thing that troubles me is the fact that Europe did "simply nothing" to stop this massacre. Holland's UN soldiers did nothing to defend the innocent people seeking protection from them. The least Holland can do is to form a fund for those who suffered from this massacre. Yet, Holland denies its role.
Mustafa Kaynak, Phoenix, AZ, USA

It is too late now for apologies and the Bosnian people will never let this happen to them again
Halid Delkic, London, UK
It simply disgusts me that those responsible for this genocide are still roaming free! As someone who was driven out as a young child out of his home and someone who has lost members of his family in this war, I will never forgive nor forget. The Serb army was afraid the men and boys from Srebrenica would join the Bosnian Army and would eventually come back to reclaim what was rightfully theirs. They took the cowardly way out as did the rest of Serbian army and they killed and massacred defenceless innocent people. It is too late now for apologies and the Bosnian people will never let this happen to them again!
Halid Delkic, London, UK

It was an extremely sad event and "every massacre" that took place in and around Srebrenica should be condemned. As for the Serbian denial factor, I can tell you that most other Serbs "do believe" massacres took place. Just because we don't agree with some of the numbers and figures being thrown around, does not mean we outright deny massacres took place as the media would have you believe. It means we think it was a complex set of awful events that needs to be viewed and remembered as such and not in the typical (and often easier) black/white way the media portrays it.
Danilo, Australia

Anyone who doubted the need for UK/USA to act unilaterally over Afghanistan and Iraq should review the totally ineffective role of the UN in the Bosnia conflict. The same scale of ethnic massacre would have happened again in Kosovo, but for NATO, led by UK/USA, taking the primary responsibility for stopping the Serbian killing machine. And, left to the UN to sort out, the Taliban would still be sitting tight in Afghanistan.
David BIRD, Scarborough

Once again the UN stands by while a massacre happens and then decries it years later. The UN was created to end genocide under the banner of "never again." However, it has repeatedly failed in its mission. In fact, it is hard to think of a time when it actually accomplished its mission of preventing genocide or mass murder. I am proud that I live in the only country that decided to step up and defend those being slaughtered in Serbia, while the rest of the world hid behind politics.
Myles, San Francisco, USA

I am still traumatised over the Civil War in Yugoslavia. I lost 3 cousins in this massacre. My family wants to move on, but seeks justice for those responsible. I don't hate Serbs anymore as we must look forward to the future. We moved from Europe because we are too upset with our European "neighbours" for sitting by and doing nothing to help. The US and UK ended this war and for that we are grateful. Pacifist Europe did not learn any lessons from WWII.
Vladec, Bosnian in US

Many people believe that everything that comes from the West is lies - including Srebrenica
Vladimir, Chicago, Illinois
It's important to understand why so many Serbs are in denial of the Srebrenica genocide. During the 90s western media reported situation very differently from the Milosevic-controlled media - the only source of information for many Serbs. Clearly, Milosevic showed only the picture of 'good Serbs' and 'bad everybody else'. Western media had exactly the opposite bias - atrocities against the Serbs went almost unreported. Many Serbs saw this as great injustice. Sadly, some of the western reports were simply false. Milosevic was efficient in pointing out the 'Western fallacies'. This situation persisted for years. As a consequence, many people believe that everything that comes from the West is lies - including Srebrenica. Only recently, when Serbian TV showed the executions of Srebrenica did the majority face the terrible truth. And some still haven't, decade of illusions cannot be erased by a short film.
Vladimir, Chicago, Illinois

It is sad to see so many comments from North America taking the opportunity to use the horror of Srebrenica as a means to attack the UN. The UN certainly failed in its duty at that time but there seems to be a belief amongst many on the North American continent that the UN is a sovereign body with its own standing army. The truth of the time is that when Boutros-Ghali asked the members of the UN for 34,000 troops to protect the 'safe havens', he was finally only given 3500. The United States refused to contribute any troops at all. It was a failure of the UN but a failure in which we all share.
Alan Calder, Milton Keynes

As a Serb who was born and raised in a 'Yugoslav' Bosnia, I'm not trying to play down the significance of the Srebrenica massacre. However, I'd like to point out that in this war, there was no neutral ethnicity (Croat, Serb, or Bosnian) and all three fought amongst themselves ruthlessly. Why is it then that Srebrenica is continually referenced and portrayed in a manner that solely vilifies the Serbs? I am certain that the Bosnians and Croats committed equal atrocities against Serbs and each other, yet they are hardly ever mentioned. It's about time the burden of responsibility was placed on the shoulders of all three combating ethnicities, rather than solely on the 'aggressive' and 'evil' Serbs.
Stefan, Moscow, Russia

Peacekeepers must be able to enforce the peace rather than just observe
CM, Norfolk, UK
The saddest thing about Srebrenica is that it could easily have been stopped. The UN peacekeeping operation in the former Yugoslavia was a joke. I served as a British soldier in UNPROFOR in 1993, and we were prohibited from intervening in all but the most extreme of situations, and for a combat soldier to be placed in such a predicament was torture. Peacekeepers must be able to enforce the peace rather than just observe. I only hope that the UN can learn the same lesson.
CM, Norfolk, UK

The most pathetic thing about this war is the rest of the world's indifference. Had Europe intervened at an early stage, the whole Yugoslav war could have been avoided, and the dead at Srebrenica would be alive today.
Finn Andreen, Boulogne, France

I completely agree with the Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte for boycotting today's 10th anniversary. NATO members must be ashamed not only for letting this massacre take place, but also for not being able to bring Ratko Mladic before justice. I sincerely hope that the War in Kosovo was the last episode of the wars in Europe.
Amir, Prizren, Kosovo

I see Jack Straw has finally recognised that the international community did not do enough. Lessons seem to be slowly learned as we all continue to watch as the international community still does not do enough to relieve the plight of those helpless people in Zimbabwe.
Mark Fisher, St Austell, Cornwall

We could have stopped the Serbs, and we didn't
Phil O'Connell, York, UK
I was in Bosnia when Srebrenica fell - I didn't know at the time, but I saw convoys of shattered Bosnian soldiers driving away from the front after trying to break through to Srebrenica to help their people. I was ashamed to be British at the time - we could have stopped the Serbs, and we didn't. Let's not compound our failures by letting Mladic and Karadzic go free.
Phil O'Connell, York, UK

Only we who passed through the same catastrophe can understand Srebrenica's people, its easy to say "life must go on" but when you look around and you miss your family, father, brother, cousins, neighbours or all your town, it's very, very difficult.
Beni, Gjakove, Kosovo

I was ignorant of the facts until I saw the documentary on TV. Since then I have been haunted by the faces on the victims, forced into calling their relatives and friends to surrender knowing full well the fate that awaited them. We non-Serbs should leave these people (both sides), to sort out their own way of dealing with what happened in their names. Instead, we should look to raise awareness of who amongst the NATO countries who were responsible for the decisions which were instrumental in allowing this terrible atrocity.
Jim Sinclair, Lowdham, UK

To be herded into the pens of Srebrenica and all of the other UN "Safe Havens" and then to be put to slaughter is a despicable failure of the United Nations and a despicable failure of the "Let's not rock the boat, lest we offend" mentality.
Douglas Klapec, Washington DC

Yugoslavia was my favourite country as a child because of the summer holidays with my parents over there
David Winkler, Senec, Slovakia
Srebrenica is the worst I have seen in my life. Yugoslavia was my favourite country as a child because of the summer holidays with my parents over there. I also remember Bosnia as a romantic country with donkey carts on the roads. I loved that as a kid. I could never understand why all that happened in the 1990s. And I still cannot understand how the UN and the world could not respond properly.
David Winkler, Senec, Slovakia

The fact that even today many Serbs (including some of those here) are still trying to play down the significance of that appalling massacre and that 50% don't even believe it has ever happened clearly indicates that the dark cloud of monstrous nationalism is still hanging over Serbia and prevents clear vision.
Viliam, Slovakia

South of Srebrenica lies Darfur in Sudan. The difference between the two is that there will be nobody left to gather in Darfur ten years from now to remember this atrocity.
Brendan Walsh, Brooklyn, NY, USA

It is very sad that even after 10 years of the genocide in Srebrenica, Serbian authorities still hesitate to call this massacre by the true name. They still condemn all the atrocities that happened in the former Yugoslavia without mentioning that the killing of 8000 men and boys of a certain origin in three days is a genocide.
Erol, Pristina, Kosovo

These types of mass murderers should have been caught and convicted many years ago
Gerard Shaughnessy, Nazareth, USA
This is a clear example of why the UN needs a total overhaul in the ways it does business. These types of mass murderers should have been caught and convicted many years ago.
Gerard Shaughnessy, Nazareth, USA

I was in Bosnia during the war and atrocities were committed on both sides. All of them should be brought to justice. Republika Srpska Government is doing its best to bring those responsible to justice and the Federation Government should do the same.
Igor, Zavidovici, Bosnia

Srebrenica is just one more in a long list of UN failures to prevent mass murder. There are plenty of others less publicized. The so called world community sits around wringing its hands and says what a shame, but when somebody actually does something about it the way the US and UK did stopping Saddam Hussein's mass murder of a million people, they are up in arms.
Mark, USA

Srebrenica should be a reminder of what evil one man can do to another man. The people of Europe must ask themselves what they can do to prevent this ever happening again. Serbian people must condemn this and seek forgiveness because this was done in their name. And Bosnian people must be great enough to forgive (without forgetting) as painful as this may be. Only then can we look forward to a brighter future in the Balkans and Europe.
Rusmir, Leeds, UK

The rest of Europe and the rest of the world should learn lessons from Srebrenica
Cem Yildiz, Istanbul, Turkey
The rest of Europe and the rest of the world should learn lessons from Srebrenica. This just shows nationalism is not really a cute child.
Cem Yildiz, Istanbul, Turkey

It's time to lay Srebrenica to rest. In a Yugoslav context the issue is used politically and as a means of apportioning blame rather than trying to discover the facts behind the massacre. In the global context Srebrenica is understood as what happens when the world looks the other way. Remember the people of Srebrenica but remember the many others that suffered and continue to suffer in the former Yugoslavia.
Sasa Markovic, Belgrade Yugoslavia

Srebrenica massacre is the worst and the most shameful event in a long and honourable history of Serbia. I'm a Montenegrin but was born in Belgrade and still horrified. Unfortunately, the blame is not only on the two main perpetrators, in "heroic" hiding, but on thousands more. And they all should be punished, if there is a right one for such acts!?
Nada, Belgrade, Serbia

The killing of anyone innocent is a crime no matter if it's a war or a small fight. There are some moral duties too. What happened in Bosnia is not only because of war but also because of racism. Those who are responsible for the massacre if they are not judged in the world they will be on the day of judgement.
Ali Sohail Dar, Pakistan

I went to Bosnia last month. Even 10 years on from the Srebrenica massacre, it was very painful to observe scars of the war all over the country. I wondered how come people who had lived together for a long time as citizens of Yugoslavia could fight with each other and why the West and the UN were so powerless in preventing those 8,000 Muslim people in Srebrenica from being murdered. I wish people in Bosnia, whether they are Croats, Bosnian Muslims or Serbs could live together peacefully once again.
Sayaka, Chicago, USA

I am very sorry for this and all of the other massacres that the Balkan people faced. Let us not forget the people who died, but let us also march together into a new era of peace and co-operation.
Vladimir Mi?ic, Beograd, Serbia

The attack on Srebrenica was an assault on fundamental human rights
Auron Mejzini, Pristina, Kosovo
The attack on Srebrenica was an assault on fundamental human rights. It showed the world what mankind is capable of doing. I my self am a Kosovar Albanian, and the war in my country resembled Srebrenica in many ways. A second Srebrenica cannot be allowed. We have to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Auron Mejzini, Pristina, Kosovo

Every war is a crime because those who suffer most are innocent people. Any sort of crime must, more than ever, be condemned and punished on whatever sides the culprits are. It is about time the humanity learnt to live with the diversity. Mainly in Europe which is certainly one of the greatest cultural mosaics of the world. The whole of humanity and the UN should be ashamed of what happened in Srebrenica and of not punishing those responsible. Nevertheless, we must look forward to reconciliation.
Vitor Cordeiro, S?Jo?del-Rei, Brazil

Without the American intervention the Srebrenica massacre would have gone on for years to come in the former Yugoslavia. The Srebrenica massacre showed that European powers never learnt anything from the well-intentioned lectures of Winston Churchill and the dark examples of Hitler and his ideologues. If nothing assisted the European powers before, the Srebrenica massacre should assist us all, at least today. Never should Europe allow Srebrenica to ever happen again. All liberal democracies should get together to defend freedom and human rights, in Europe and beyond.
Alfred Kovaci, Ethnic Albanian living in London, UK

Throughout the conflict, the so-called "international community" stood by and played the role of impartiality. Meaning that, in many cases, they actually helped the aggressor by holding the victim's hands tied through measures such as arms embargo or direct political and other interventions. Over and over again, the true nature of the Serbian genocidal aggression on their neighbours was actively camouflaged by the West, and the true picture replaced by the theory of equal fault, thus justifying the "wait and see" approach of the international forces. Srebrenica was only one of many blatant examples of what this kind of policy helped come through.
Ivo, Split, Croatia

One cannot possibly pre-empt something like the Srebrenica massacre. Wars happen, and to try and prevent them by starting another war doesn't make sense. Justice needs to be made and the process that is international law will continue to work. It works slowly, but it's there.
Bjornar Kjensli, Melbourne, Australia

It is certainly a tragic event and well worth remembering, however I believe that once the western media stops its demonisation of the Serbian People and portraying them as the Evil Empire it may also serve its purpose to tell the entire truth. It should be noted that the there have been just as many Serbian deaths at the hands of its enemies during the Balkans Conflict. If this is not recognised then I feel there has been a strong injustice carried out against the Serbian people throughout the whole Balkans saga. May all people who have died in this civil and religious war RIP. Unfortunately mankind takes time to heal on all sides, just as will this tragedy.
Dejan, Australia

The perpetrators have never really faced justice and are roaming around free
Dwayne Chastain, West Jefferson, Ohio
The perpetrators have never really faced justice and are roaming around free. Meanwhile, massacres, rapes, terrorism and neglect are still rampant in the world. Sadly, the world has learned very little from this dark period in history. Until civilised, powerful nations take pre-emptive action to stop these atrocities they will continue. The world has learned very little in the past 10 years and from history in general.
Dwayne Chastain, West Jefferson, Ohio

My mother and her family are from Bosnia Herzegovina. They just ask, why did they do that? We lived together for hundred of years. I think nobody can answer that. Can you?
Korkut Atalan, Istanbul, Turkey

This must go down as the UN's greatest failure. Until the UN is seen to have some teeth and stand up with force to stop such crimes they are doomed to happen again as we have seen in Rwanda, Sudan, Iraq. Who again would put their life in the UN's hands?
Ross, Calgary, Canada

The heading says it all 'Srebrenica 10 years on'. And what has been done? Very little. It was shameful that this was allowed to occur under the noses of the UN and the world in general, in full televised view. And 10 years on little has been done in bringing those responsible to justice which speaks volumes and a sad indictment on the "world community".
Andrew Stamford, Australia

Srebrenica is the failure of Europe to defend human rights. Srebrenica is the result of European "impartiality". It is something that Europe should be ashamed of.
Genc, Prishtina, Kosova

The effort to capture the people responsible of the massacre is really worth the condemnations of the UN. The victim's families are still waiting for the news of their loved ones and no justice is served to the families. The emotional trauma of the widows will never be healed with time and their lives will be spent waiting to hear news of their loved ones missing and justice to be served.
Firdaus, Singapore

We will not learn, and that is what is disheartening
Paul Girling, Toronto, Canada
We talk, and we talk, and we talk about never letting it happen again. Whilst in the midst of the same sentence, it is happening all over again. We will not learn, and that is what is disheartening.
Paul Girling, Toronto, Canada

I live in Sarajevo, and I have been here during the war. Although the war in Sarajevo was horrible, so many people who lost their families, so many massacres....I think Srebrenica was to prove true how humans can have animal impulse for killing innocent people. 8000 hundred of victims, children, and old people. 10 years after this disaster, leaders who ordered this massacre, are totally free. So what can we say to the Mothers of Srebrenica? What kind of consolation do they have? They do not have it at all. They do not have anything, and they probably will not, ever.
Selma, Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina

Enough has not been done to track down and punish perpetrators and lessons have not been learned. Thousands have been murdered, tortured and abused throughout Africa in the past 10 years...little has changed.
Dwayne Chastain, West Jefferson, Ohio

Having spent some time in Kosovo, is clear that tensions are still high between different ethnic groups. Both sides treated each other appallingly, but it's time to stop blaming each other and begin to start the reconciliation process.
Jamie, Soham, UK

As a Muslim, it must be said that we too have felt our fair share of "terrorist" treatment. Until we stop pointing fingers at different groups, and unite as one against all forms of injustice and hatred, the world will remain unbalanced. May the creator of the universe take care of those who died on this tragic day.
Mohammad Al-Irqaz, Berlin, Germany

I am a Serb, and I agree that perpetrators should be brought to trial
Nemanja, Banja Luka
I really felt sorry for all Muslims murdered in Srebrenica. They were innocent civilians killed without any reason. I am a Serb, and I agree that perpetrators should be brought to trial. But what about other people who were involved in the war crimes? I do not mean on people from former Republic of Yugoslavia, I mean people from western countries as well as eastern, who supported the war?
Nemanja, Banja Luka

It's astonishing that after 10 years of the massacre in Srebrenica the main perpetrator, Karadzic and Mladic, are still free. Failure to bring them to justice will add to the shame and guilt of the West/Serbs in letting this massacre happen in the first place.
Alan Shala, London, UK

I myself come from Kosovo. At the time when the Srebrenica massacre took place I was only 10 years old. I still remember my family asking me not to socialise with Serbian children in case they would kill me. I have to say now that I have lived in London for more then six years I have come to terms in understanding that not only Muslim people were killed. People from all sorts of religion were killed. Christian people still suffer a lot today in Kosovo. There is loads of discrimination against Christian people in Kosovo, Bosnia but not that much in Serbia. The Serbians would never have done to Kosovan people what Kosovan people have done to them in recent years.
Edmond Haradinaj, London

If it wasn't for the US-led military intervention, there would have been many more massacres like Srebrenica
Pol, US/Turkey
I was in Bosnia as a NATO Peacekeeper as part of IFOR, right after the massacres. The entire country was in ruins. It felt like I was in another part of the world, not in Europe. I was so much ashamed of my humanity after seeing what those people had been through. If it wasn't for the US-led military intervention, there would have been many more massacres like Srebrenica. How Europe stood by and let this happened still puzzles me. Interestingly, a year later back in the US, one educated Bosnian Serb I had the chance to speak to simply told me that all they were doing was cleaning up Europe from Muslims. For the first time in my life, I had a true feeling on what must have happened to the Jews in Europe during 1940s.
Pol, US/Turkey

What good is it to talk about the ICC or other "international" bodies? I doubt that the people of Darfur, Bosnia, or East Timor and the list goes on, actually care. Such international courts are meaningless except to us Westerners. What good is a court when the perpetrators are never stopped in the first place? Only after they are done killing tens of thousands does the West intervene, and this mainly because of their bad conscience. Trials don't bring dead people back from the graves.
Johannes, Copenhagen, Denmark

The 1990s were a terrible time in all of the Balkans and Srebrenica is a depressing example of how neighbours coexist. In an ethnic, civil war, all sides are at fault and our emphasis needs to be on educating the youth and not establishing blame.
Sasha Dale, Toronto, Canada

The international community should put in more effort and resources to bring the perpetrators of the Srebrenica to book
Musa Hassan, Gombe, Nigeria




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