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THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SJEVERIN MASSACRE

     Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK) reminds the public that war crime named “Sjeverin massacre” has occurred on this day 27 years ago.

The Sjeverin massacre took place on 22 October 1992 when members of the Serbian paramilitary unit under the command of Milan Lukić, kidnapped 16 passengers from Priboj – Pljevlja bus in the Bosnian village of Mioče near Višegrad. 16 Bosniak passengers from Sjeverin – 15 men and one woman, all Yugoslavian and Serbian citizens – were taken off the bus and forced onto truck. They were taken to hotel Vilina Vlas in Višegrad. The hostages were severely beaten and tortured inside the hotel and then taken to the edge of the Drina River where they were executed. For this crime were sentenced Dragutin Dragićević, Milan Lukić and Oliver Krsmanović to 20 years and Đorđe Šević to 15 years.

On the occasion of the anniversary, UDIK Coordinator, Edvin Kanka Ćudić, said: “This was the first war crime against the citizens of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which happened with the permission of the authorities of the FRY at that time, because the victims were civilians, Bosniaks from Sandžak, who were exemplary citizens of that state. This crime, as well as the abduction in Štrpci, has intimidated Bosniaks in Sandžak and throughout the entire Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. To make matters worse, the perpetrators of this crime are not punished, and the victims’ families are denied the status of civilian victims of war.”

On this occasion, we remember the innocent victims: Alija Mandal, Derviš Softić, Esad Džihić, Idriz Gibović, Hajrudin Sajtarević, Medredin Hodžić, Mehmed Šebo, Meho Hodžić, Mevlida Koldžić – Hodžić, Mithad Softić, Mujo Alihodžić, Mustafa Bajramović, Muzafer Hadžić, Ramahudin Ćatović, Ramiz Begović, and Sead Pecikoza.

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