RS President Backs Sarajevo Siege Ban in Schools

The president of Republika Srpska entity joined the row on Bosnian war lessons taught in the entity’s schools by supporting the education minister, who said over the weekend that the children of Bosniak parents will not be taught lessons about the Srebrenica genocide and the Sarajevo siege. Milorad Dodik, also the leader of main Bosnian Serb party, the SNSD, said the textbooks saying the Serbs held the Bosnian capital under siege from 1992 to 1995 or that genocide was committed at Srebrenica in 1995 are unacceptable.

“This is not correct and this will not be taught here,” Dodik told a press conference on Tuesday.

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People run across an intersection exposed to Bosnian Serb snipers during the siege of Sarajevo

The Bosnian war lessons in school textbooks became an issue when the Federation entity authorities decided to update the curriculum this year, despite a 2002 agreement between the entities to not teach about the war in schools, as the interpretations of the three main groups, the Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs, vary wildly and are very divisive. The children of Bosniaks in the RS are taught some subjects, like history and literature, according to the Federation textbooks.

More than eleven thousand people died during the years of siege

The RS president’s and education minister’s statements were criticized by the RS and Federation Bosniaks on the account of the Sarajevo siege and the Srebrenica genocide being well-documented and proven in the international courts.

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