Archives for posts with tag: WarCrimes

Austria to Bosnia Diplomatic Connection
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

It was not the “Muslim majority” countries or the super-power that projected freedom as its international commitment. Bosnia & Herzegovina’s (BiH) first true diplomatic friend was Austria and this robust support was much due to a tireless friend Alois Mock, who passed, (June 1, 2017.) — READ MORE —

Will Trump be Prosecuted for War Crimes?
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey via “Huffington Post
Consequences for President Donald Trump’s rhetoric differ substantively from those of Candidate Trump as such may affect his personal culpability over potential crimes under international law and now that he is Commander in Chief. Incitement may be enough to create criminal culpability. — Read MORE —


A picture taken on July 17, 2014, shows the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed over rebel-held eastern Ukraine may have been shot down."We do not exclude that the plane was shot down and confirm that the Ukraine Armed Forces did not fire at any targets in the sky," Poroshenko said in a statement posted on the president's website. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER  KHUDOTEPLY        (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Blocking accountability & seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!! By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey 

“Ferida Osmanovic has been frequently in my memory’s eye — I thank her for being a constant reminder of what more can be done for her & so many like her in BiH & other conflict areas — it is not guilt to ask what more could and could I have done.”

Russia & China Block Security Council Referral of Syria to International Criminal Court

In February 2013, UN-appointed Commission of Inquiry concluded ICC is appropriate venue to pursue fight against impunity in Syria. “If members of Council continue to be unable to agree on a measure that could provide some accountability for ongoing crimes, credibility of this body & of entire Organization will continue to suffer.”

Intensifying War Crimes in Nuba Mountains

The international community must take serious action now to avoid the second genocide in Sudan, if the Sudanese government plan is allowed to be implemented under the watch of the entire world.

Security Council Hears Criticism over 'Inaction & Paralysis

Fatou Bensouda also noted aerial bombardments & “pervasive & corrosive effect of organized sexual & gender-based violence” on women & girls, which remains seriously under-reported.

Prijedor Discovery of Largest Mass Grave in Bosnia

Dead & All Soul’s Day. It is a day to focus on prayers for family members & friends who have died. It seems a fitting day to print the tragic discovery of the largest mass grave found in Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The remains of 333 Bosniak Muslim and Bosnian Croat men, women, children, & elderly executed will never be forgotten.


27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. And the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust was commemorated at the United Nations last Friday with an inspirational message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to  “Let us be inspired by those who had the courage to care – the ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to defend human dignity.”  From Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that each and every person bore the responsibility to make sure such monumental crimes as those that occurred during the Holocaust never happen again.

Yesterday, the Author’s Circle of the Tuxedo Park Library in Tuxedo Park, New York, about 45 minutes from UN Headquarters, host a very special author whose presentation had a message that resonated “Once More, Never Again.”  I had met Esad Boskailo on a previous occasion in New York and read his book and looked forward to what I knew would be stimulated questions and commentary following his presentation.

“Wounded I Am More Awake – Finding Meaning After Terror” by Esad Boskailo and Julia Lieblich, is the true story of Esad’s journey from concentration camps in Bosnia & Herzegovina, the surrounding death, depravation, and crimes against humanity, to the personal transcendence of healing.  Esad, a successful medical doctor at the time of his capture, now practices psychiatry in Phoenix, Arizona and gives back to other survivors of war, personal adversity, trauma, and demons inflicted by society. Healing comes from within, and each person on his own timeline. Esad is their sounding board but does not dictate their pathway in the healing process.

Esad, a Bosnian Muslim, showed no animosity or need of revenge to any specific ethnic group. Ironically, lifetime friends and neighbors had been his accusers, guards and terrorisers.   His satisfaction was that he is now on the “outside” and that war criminals are currently standing trial at The Hague.  His message was clear that terrible events can and do happen. It happened in Bosnia & Herzegovina fifty years after the Holocaust, an educated, progressive, and multi-ethnic society.

Genocide is contemporary – witness the genocide between Tutsi and Hutu in Africa, present-day civilian genocide in Syria, Myanmar’s Rohingya.  Religion, or lack of, is not the source of conflict. Rather, it is used as the scapegoat to perpetuate horror stemming from greed, false nationalism confused with patriotism, and the need to victimize the “other.”

UN News Centre Source

“Acts of genocide illustrate the depths of evil to which individuals and whole societies can descend, but the examples of the brave men and women we celebrate today also demonstrate the capacity of humankind for good, even during the darkest of days,” Mr. Ban said.

Helping to open the ceremony, Raymond Serge Bale, Vice-President of the General Assembly, said it was fitting that the Assembly resolution that established the commemoration called not only for the remembrance of the suffering of Holocaust victims but also evoked a moral obligation to warn against the horrors of hatred and prejudice, to prevent further acts of genocide.

The annual International Day was designated by a General Assembly resolution as 27 January each year, on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Perhaps the “Chicago Tribune” crystallizes “Wounded, I Am More Awake” best.  It “is a clear-eyed gem of a memoir with a message far beyond one man’s experience. It tells Boskailo’s story artfully. Above all, Boskailo’s courage and empathy help us imagine how it is possible to transcend the worst sufferings one human can impose on another.”

May we never forget the horrors and inhumanity of the Holocaust and vouchsafe “Once More, Never Again” to genocide.

By, Susan Sacirbey

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Broader application for universal jurisdiction on grave violations of international humanitarian law? On its face, case before the ICJ (International Court of Justice) was already strange: Belgium seeking extradition of Chad’s former leader living presumably in exile & already being prosecuted by Senegal. Belgium was exercising a form of universal jurisdiction. –More–