Archive for October, 2012

Support Cuprija!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 24, 2012 by visegrad92

 “Cuprija” is a Sarajevo-based association which primarily works in the field of transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cuprija was formed in 2011 and quickly gained reputation after building the now-famous genocide monument in Visegrad. This monument stating that genocide was committed in Visegrad caused a lot of reaction from genocide deniers and Republika Srpska authorities which threatened to  tear it down.  Curpija’s aim is to build memorial throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina with a primary aim to build a the Memorial Center Straziste in Visegrad.

For more information about Cuprija please visit their website.

Support Cuprija’s activities! Please visit their website for more information on how to support their activities.

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Milos Panetlic – Visegrad war criminal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2012 by visegrad92

 

Image: Milos Pantelic 

 

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered one month’s custody for Milos Pantelic and Ljubomir Tasic, suspected of war crimes in Visegrad and Sokolac municipalities in 1992.

Justice Report
BIRN

Sarajevo

The two men had been placed in custody “because… there is a fear that the suspects might flee and that they might influence witnesses while at liberty,” the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina said.

The Prosecution previously sought custody for the two suspects, saying that the suspects might flee because they had dual citizenship.

“Pantelic and Tasic might flee… while at liberty. Besides our [Bosnian] citizenship, they possess Serbian passports as well,” Prosecutor Dzevad Muratbegovic said.

“It is known that Serbia does not extradite its citizens. If they are released, Pantelic and Tasic might also influence their accomplices who are at liberty. One group lives in the Visegrad area, while others live in Serbia,” he added.

He maintained that custody was the only way to ensure the suspects’ presence before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Prosecution suspects Pantelic of having participated in the murder of dozens of Bosniak civilians near the Paklenik pit in Sokolac municipality and in the beating of civilians in Crni Vrh village and Orahovci school in the Visegrad area, as well as the forcible resettlement of the local population from Visegrad and the surrounding villages to Iseric Brdo.

Tasic is suspected of taking part in the forcible resettlement of more than 500 Bosniak civilians from Donji and Gornji Dubovik, Zagre, Smrijecje, Veletovo and Haniste, villages in Visegrad municipality.

The Defence proposed prohibiting measures against the suspects instead of custody. Nenad Grubez, attorney for Pantelic, said his client did not intend to flee.

“If he had had a place to go to, he might have fled”, Grubez said, adding that his client should not be made to suffer because his accomplices were at large.

Mirsada Beganovic-Zutic, attorney for Tasic, said that her client had nowhere to go and that his health was in poor condition.

“He has nowhere to go. How would he support himself financially in another country?… I propose that the Court orders prohibiting measures, because the suspect will not leave the territory of Bosnia,” Beganovic-Zutic said.

The State Investigation and Protection Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina arrested Pantelic and Tasic in the Visegrad area on September 4 this year.

Predrag Milisavljevic, who was arrested in June, is also suspected of wartime crimes in Visegrad and Sokolac.

He is suspected of having participated, along with other members of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS and police, in the forcible resettlement of about 450 non-Serbs from Visegrad municipality in June 1992 and the murder of more than 40 people next to the Paklenik pit, in Sokolac municipality.

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University of Graz honors Visegrad victims

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2012 by visegrad92

The Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Graz posted on their website a press release and photo of the memorial at Straziste cemetery in Visegrad. In the press release, the Institute explains how the Institute director before the start of the symposium, laid flowers at the memorial on Straziste cemetery and how she  was forbidden to speak at the symposium.

We welcome the actions taken by the Institute and especially thank Prof. Dr. Renate Hasen-Kokorus for courage and defiance shown in Visegrad. 

Prof. Tosovic must apologize!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 8, 2012 by visegrad92

 

As suspected the symposium on Ivo Andric organized by University of Graz professor Branko Tosovic along with the Visegrad municipality was a joint project to give Andricgrad an “intellectual” dimension.

Write to University of Graz Rector Prof. Dr. Christa Neuper :

rectorin(at)uni-graz.at

and tell her what you think about Prof. Tosovic’s decision to ignore Visegrad victims and to recommend Vilina Vlas for their guests.

Below is a sample letter you can sent to the above email address:

Dear Prof. Dr. Christa Neuper,

It has come to my attention that the recent symposium on Ivo Andric held in Visegrad was organized by Prof. Branko Tosovic, a professor at your University.

Prof. Tosovic ignored numerous emails sent by Visegrad survivors, Bosnian and foreign intellectuals pleading not to use Vilina Vlas motel (war-time rape motel for at least 200 Bosniak women and girls). under any circumstances.  He repeatedly ignored our emails.

On the other hand, I was pleased to hear that the Director of the Institute for Slavic studies, visited Straziste cemetery and paid respects to Visegrad victims. Flowers in the name of the Institute were placed on the central monument in Straziste. 

This issue was picked up by Bosnian and Serb media and I must say that Prof. Tosovic’s role has given a negative image of your University to the Bosnian public.

I think that an apology and visit to Straziste cemetery by a delegation of University of Graz, including Prof. Tosovic would be appropriate.

Yours sincerely,

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Andric symposium concluded in Visegrad

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 6, 2012 by visegrad92

From 4-6 Octonber 2012, a symposium titled “The Bridge over the river Drina” was held in the Culture hall in Visegrad. It was co-organized by the Institue for Slavic Studies, University of Graz and the Municipality of Visegrad. The offical website recommended Vilina Vlas(war-time rape motel for Bosniak women) as a hotel to stay for the guests. Eventhough it was firstly decided that Vilina Vlas should be the main hotel and sponsor of the symposium, after media pressure,  this was changed.

Protest letters to the Institute were ignored. Victim families and activists asked  representatives of the University to pay respect to Visegrad victims at Straziste cemetery. Letters written to Prof. Renate Kokorus and Prof. Branko Tosovic were ignored.

Prof. Kokorus  the day before the symposium, wrote to Mrs. Bakira Hasecic, president of “Women-victims of war”, clarifying certain issues about the symposium and informed her that she will visit Straziste cemetery and pay respects to Visegrad victims. At 8 o’clock on 4 October, Mrs. Kokorus layed flowers on the martyr monument on Straziste cemetery.

Prof. Branko Tosovic, who heads the Ivo Andric project at the Institute for Slavic studies at University of Graz, refused to pay respect to Visegrad genocide victims and ignored every single email sent to him.

Image: Prof. Branko Tosovic, refused to pay respect to Visegrad genocide victims. A disgrace to Institute for Slavic studies, University of Graz.

Satiric poster about Andric symposium

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by visegrad92

Days after not receving any reply from the Institute for Slavic Studies, University of Graz,  a satiric poster surfaced online.