Twisted Churkin’s churning in support of Vuk Jeremic’s (Serbia’s)UNGA political attack on ICTY

Munira Subasic - Mothers of Srebrenic Ushered out of UN debate by security Photo: Agencija Anadolija

Munira Subasic – Mothers of Srebrenica
Ushered out of UN debate by security
Photo: Agencija Anadolija

The UNGA debate on the role of international criminal justice on reconciliation organised and planned by Vuk Jeremic (Serbian politician), president of UNGA, held 10 April, did as I feared: pushed forth in representing the worst possible face of twisted justice and undermined human rights.

And this is the United Nations!
The United Nations that prides itself on the protection of human rights – on upholding the rights of and compassion with victims of war crimes above all! Yet, passionate genocide deniers, marshals of misinformation and justifiers of unbearable crimes, who tried very hard to rewrite the history of Serb aggression in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1990’s through attacking the international courts of justice, hogged the lectern and Serbia had its unsavoury moment – yet again.
Munira Subasic, president of Mothers of Srebenica, called Jeremic’s speech and his exclusion of the victims from the debate “offensive.” She was ushered out of the UNGA hall by security, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon “took pity” on her and met with her later!

Given that he was present at the debate he would have served justice and human rights much better had he broken Jeremic’s protocol for the debate and allowed her to speak.
Jeremic, though, used his position to allow Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, a genocide denier, to make a speech in which he attempted to paint Serbs as the victims of the Bosnian conflict rather than its aggressors.

But wait a minute! Jeremic also brought the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin to the lectern.

…The ease with which the originally unanimous verdict against Gotovina and Mladen Markac was overturned with a vote of 3-2 is stunning, as the case that involved mass killings and deportation of Serbs had been investigated for years prior to the trial, said the Russian official.

Russia doubts the decision was made on legal basis, he stated, stressing that cases like that do not satisfy justice because it was not determined who was to blame for the crimes”. Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, according to Serbia’s Tanjug news agency.

Well, if one believed that Serbia’s propaganda churns out the truth of what happened on the ground during Operation Storm for which Croatian Generals Gotovina and Markac were indicted by the ICTY, then one might think that there’s nothing wrong with what Churkin says.

But Churkin, like Serbia’s politicians know that the truth is far from what they’re peddling, hoping the “world” would believe them.  The actual original ICTY indictments regarding the “mass killings” go like this:
Between 4 August 1995 and 15 November 1995, Croatian forces unlawfully killed at least 150 Krajina Serbs by shooting, burning and stabbing them”. That Gotovina etc “knew or had a reason to know … that Croatian forces were committing these crimes”.

And if a court, appeal court, decided that the individual persons, i.e. Gotovina and Markac, were not responsible for the killings, which, except evil persons would continue suggesting they were, I ask!

It’s so much clearer to me now why Cold War existed between the “West” and the “East” for so many years.

I am quite convinced that Jeremic (and Serbia’s leadership) had planned to attack the international criminal tribunals and hold them responsible for the lack of progress in reconciliation because of the acquittals by the ICTY. According to the Serbian train of thought someone committed the crimes against Serbs and, therefore, it’s not fair to set free anyone from the Croatian side, even if they are found innocent of the charges by the court!

I am so proud to belong to the side of the world which holds that the international criminal justice system could never replace national mechanisms and people in building true bridges between former enemies. Indeed, to the likely Jeremic’s and Nikolic’s bitter disappointment, the majority of the delegates at the UN debate made conclusions to similar effects.

There is no real chance of those bridges being built while genocide deniers orchestrate such debates at UN and fail to recognise the war crimes their countrymen had committed.

Now, I am so much prouder than ever before to be associated in life with the part of the world that decided to boycott this sham debate.

To heal as a nation, as a region, as a world, we need to acknowledge what happened. We need to wipe away any attempts at impunity. Criminals have to be brought to justice. Victims have to be given an opportunity to tell their story to the world. If we pretend genocide never happened, then history will repeat itself. And none of us—whether we lived it, survived it, or just heard about on the news—should just stand by while politicians try to rewrite history.
That’s why we need international tribunals: international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, for Rwanda, for Sierra Leone and Lebanon, for Cambodia — and now the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the world. These judicial institutions not only administer justice, they create a record of truth. This is what happened: the good, the bad, and the ugly. They preserve evidence that can’t be rewritten, or changed, or forgotten. They are the true vehicles of peace, for there can’t be peace without justice”, writes Diana Jenkins in Huffington Post.
Let’s not hold our breath saying: OK, this is over, now let’s get on with real life and reconciliation. Serbia with the aid of UNGA President Jeremic is likely to serve the world with yet another pathetic chapter of shoving politics into criminal justice in order to justify genocide, before Jeremic’s UN mandate ends.  Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Comments

  1. Very sad day for the UN to let itself be manipulated by Jeremic and Serbia. In Jeremic’s own words at his political grand standing conference is that there should be no taboo subjects for the international community to debate, so then why not let the victims speaks like the Mothers of Srebrenica? Maybe Jeremic should have very clearly articulated the criteria for justice so that we could all better understand how international justice should operate – it seems he dance around the issue, but it is really that evidence, law and accepted procedures should give way to politics, some vague notion of equalization of guilt and state’s national interest. What a SHAMEFUL display at the UN. And think Jeremic is being considered for the position of UN Secretary General.

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    • Yes Sunman, it certainly seems that “all sorts” can hold positions in the UN but when it comes to channeling individual’s political agenda through it that’s when things get awful.

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  2. “Serb aggression in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1990”

    Just one question, How do you call the war between Croat troops and Armija troops? A Croat agression? Because, and correct me If am I wrong, but the goverment of Franjo Tudjman helped to the authorities of Herzeg-Bosnia according this with the ICTY.

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    • Yes Croatia did help Speaker but that was after Serb aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina had started and Croatians from Croatia supported the defence efforts by Croats and Muslims. Indeed, later on in 1995 the Croatian forces from Croatia actually prevented another Srebrenica massacre by coming to Bihac… The conflict that developed eventually between Croat and Muslim troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is an issue many have written about and can be found through information search over the net etc.

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  3. Ah, so now Serbia’s big buddy, Russia knows more about the legal proceedings of the Gotovina and Markac case than the actual judges involved? He’s seen the evidence presented and ruled that Gotovina and Markac were guilty beyond reasonable doubt? How ridiculous. Yes, Mr. Russian, I’m sure the case was investigated for years! But that doesn’t mean there was enough evidence found against the individuals.

    Did Jeremic and his buddy fail to remember that Serbs were acquitted as well? Tell me then, how does that show a pro-Croatian bias at the ICTY?

    If this is the direction the UN wants to head in, the world may be better off without it.

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    • I believe Kat the evidence Churkin wants to hang onto is the one concocted by Del Ponte & Co. – and that evidence if Mesic’s “secret” testimonies and probable doctored transcripts from tapes are to go by should have ended up in the loo long ago.

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  4. Same old Russia siding with Serbia… you could liken Serbia to North Korea – both blame everyone else for their troubles, both create mythologies which they try to convice the people that are true, both make threats to neighbours and at time carry out those threats and both have only one real friend in the world (Serbia has Russia whilst North Korea has China)

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  1. […] anyone – like Vuk Jeremic – who did not permit the victims of war crimes to be present at the April 10 UNGA Thematic Debate on the role of international criminal justice […]

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  2. […] This is the same Churkin who stood by Serbia’s side few years ago peddling lies regarding the 1995 Operation Storm that liberated Croatia from Serb occupation, refusing to accept the International Criminal Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber verdict that acquitted Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac of all charges. […]

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