Target: Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Call for public condemnation and subsequent demotion of U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic for providing a forum for Bosnian genocide deniers
Recently, the U.N. held a meeting in order to discuss international criminal justice. It was called together by the former Serbian foreign minister and current U.N. General Assembly President, Vuk Jeremic. Many believe that he called this meeting together in order to criticize the Yugoslavian tribunal that previously claimed that the genocide of 1995 was strictly carried out by Bosnian Serbs. The meeting itself is essentially a denial of this atrocity, which was the largest massacre since World War II.
The Bosnian genocide, which resulted in the killing of around 8,000 boys and men, was carried out by Bosnian Serbs as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign. The fact that Jeremic held this meeting strictly for the sake of denying this allegation is quite troubling, especially given his elevated status within the United Nations. The U.S., Canada, and Jordan all boycotted the meeting due to this issue.
The keynote speaker at this event was the current President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic. He has adamantly conveyed “there was no genocide in Srebrenica.” This man, this genocide denier, was one of the main speakers at this meeting. It is clear that Jeremic organized this meeting in order to set the stage for criticizing the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal—the same tribunal that Human Rights Watch states “…moved the goal posts in enforcing fundamental human rights and the broader efforts toward international justice [and rewrote] key rules of international relations and diplomacy.”
Munira Subasic, a Bosnian activist, attended the U.N. meeting with the intent of speaking out against the genocide deniers. The genocide claimed the lives of both her son and her husband. However, Subasic was quickly denied the ability to speak and within minutes was surrounded by security and demanded to leave the room. Subasic merely wants justice for her husband, son, and some 8,000 innocents who died at the hands of Bosnian Serbs.
Subasic, her dead loved ones, and all the other countless victims of the tragedy in 1995 deserve justice. Sign below to call for the condemnation of this meeting and a demotion of Vuk Jeremic.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
The recent meeting held on April 10 by Vuk Jeremic was clearly for the sake of criticizing the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal and their views on the Bosnian genocide. This man is a genocide denier, and does not deserve his position.
This meeting has already been condemned by three nations, but must be evaluated by the United Nations. A public apology must be made for this despicable display put on by your President of the General Assembly. Surely you are aware of the impact the Bosnian genocide had on the world, and to deny its existence is to deny its impact. It would be incredibly cruel for individuals affected by this tragedy to be made to think that even the United Nations fails to acknowledge its impact upon their lives. Jeremic is undeserving of his position within the institution and needs to be removed, or at least demoted to a position of lame effect.
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