20th Anniversary of the massacre in Štrpci
On 27 February 1993, the Army of the Republic of Serbia abducted 19 non-Serb citizens of Serbia and Montenegro on the railway station in Štrpci (BIH). The abducted passengers were taken off the train, robbed and physically abused. They were then taken to the village of Visegradska banja, where they were tortured and killed. Up till now, the remains of three victims of the crime have been found but Serbia denies the 19 abducted citizens the status of civilian victims of war.
On February 27, Civil Rights Defender’s partners in Serbia, Youth Initiative for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Centre, together with the organisation Women In Black, marked the 20th Anniversary of the abduction in Strpce in front of the main railway station in Belgrade.
The Štrpci massacre as well as the Sjeverin massacre were part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing conducted against Bosniaks in the Sandžak area of Serbia that was organised and carried out under the cover of the Bosnian war.
The failure of national officials to investigate the crime remains a significant political issue and Serbia still denies the 19 abducted citizens the status of civilian victims of war.
Members of the Avengers (Osvetnici) military unit, commanded by Milan Lukić, with logistical support from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, were responsible for the abductions. Only one person, Nebojsa Ranisavljevic, has so far been sentenced for this crime. In 2002 the Supreme Court in Bijelo Polje sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment.Categories: News.
Tags: Humanitarian Law Centre, War crimes, and Youth Initiative for Human Rights.
Regions: Western Balkans.