Amnesty slams Russia over UN Srebrenica veto

Human rights group calls Russia's Security Council veto an 'affront' to the families of victims who died in Bosnian massacre

Amnesty slams Russia over UN Srebrenica veto

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia's veto of a UN Security Council resolution on the 1995 Srebrenica genocide is an “insult to the memory of the dead”, Amnesty International has said.

The human rights group described Russia's act as "affront" to the families of the victims.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the massacre of around 8,000 Bosnian men and boys as genocide.

The resolution, drafted by the U.K. days before the 20th anniversary of the atrocity, noted that "acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation".

Four members of the council abstained, including China, while the remaining 10 voted in favor of the motion.

"Russia’s veto of a UN Security Council resolution on the Srebrenica genocide is an affront to the families of the victims of the massacre and will hinder attempts at reconciliation between the communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Dalhuisen stated that the murders revealed tragic flaws in the UN's response to the Bosnian War.

“This resolution was about much more than just recognizing Srebrenica as a genocide. It was also about acknowledging the urgent need to provide justice to the victims and long-term support to survivors, including of sexual violence, and clarifying the fate and whereabouts of the over 8,000 still missing from the war.”

The massacre saw more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys murdered by Bosnian Serb paramilitaries while the town of Srebrenica was supposedly under the protection of Dutch UN peacekeepers during the 1992-95 conflict.

These troops failed to prevent Serb soldiers from seizing Srebrenica and killing around 2,000 on July 11, 1995. Around 6,000 more were slain in the surrounding forests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2015, 12:32