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THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE PYRES IN VISEGRAD

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The Association for Social Research and Communications (UDIK) informs the public that on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in cooperation with the Association “Women – Victims of War”, will mark the anniversary of the crime of pyres in Visegrad at two locations that ICTY proved.

UDIK will organize a standing in Visegrad, and then will lay a wreaths at Pioneers Street (where 70 civilians were burned), and then at Bikavac (where 50 civilians were burned).

Crimes in the Pioneers Street (06/14/1992) and Bikavac (06/27/1992) are one of the most terrible crimes of burning people alive that occurred in the 20th century. The youngest victim in the Pioneers Street did not have a name. It was a two days old baby. The youngest victim of the Bikavac was only a one year old.

For crimes committed in Visegrad the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared guilty 8 members of the military, paramilitary and police forces of the Republic of Srpska. Milan Lukic was sentenced to life imprisonment, Sredoje Lukic to 30 years in prison, Momir Savic to 18, Mitar Vasiljevic 15, Simsic and Novo Rajak to 14, Lelek to 13, and Tanaskovic to 12 (on appeal the judgment was reduced to 8 years). Convicted criminals Milan and Sredoje Lukic and Mitar Vasiljevic, the ICTY charged for “the extermination of a large number of civilians, including women, children and the elderly.”

UDIK hopes that on this occasion the civil society in the Republic of Srpska will stop the contour of silence, denial and oblivion of these crimes, and that after 23 years somebody from Republic of Srpska will come and lay wreaths to pay tribute to the burned civilians of Pioneers Street and Bikavac, whose horrors witnessed Zehra Turjacanin and spoke about that in the ICTY.

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