“Fighting Impunity Is a Fundamental Human Obligation”

The United States Embassy in Sarajevo said that the verdict of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the case of Ratko Mladić is “an important step toward holding to account those individuals responsible for the tremendous suffering of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

“Among other crimes, Mladić was found guilty of genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, crimes against humanity and persecution across the country, terrorizing the population of Sarajevo, and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.  We hope this decision can provide some sense of justice and closure to victims and their families,” the Embassy said in a statement.

“We urge all parties to respect the court’s verdict, and rededicate themselves to the continued reconciliation and peaceful coexistence essential to the future of a stable, secure Bosnia and Herzegovina that safeguards the rights of all its citizens.”

The international community’s peace overseer in Bosnia said that the “crimes committed under Ratko Mladić’s command, including genocide, brought enormous pain and suffering to everyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the consequences of which will be felt for many generations”.

“EU: Delivering justice and fighting impunity for the most horrific crimes is a fundamental human obligation”

“The direct victims and survivors of these crimes serve as a constant reminder of why the ICTY was created, why its work is so important, and why justice is crucial to the healing processes of the entire society. I understand that for the victims and survivors, the wait for justice seemed too long, but I hope this verdict will provide them with some sense of closure and some sense of justice, because the need for justice and closure is timeless and universal,” said the High Representative Valentin Inzko.

“There are no bad nations, only bad individuals. I hope therefore that everyone will take this opportunity to recommit themselves to the reconciliation process. Justice does not per se bring reconciliation, but it is an essential first step in the quest for a shared understanding of the past and finding the full truth of the events from July 1995. This understanding is the path towards a secure and peaceful future,” said the High Representative.

The Mladić verdict touches upon some of the darkest, most tragic events of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s, the Western Balkans’, Europe’s recent history, including the genocide in Srebrenica, said the European Union spokesperson in a statement.

“Delivering justice and fighting impunity for the most horrific crimes is a fundamental human obligation. Our sympathies are with those who survived and those who lost their loved ones,” the statement said.

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