What have we learned from Srebrenica Massacre?

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July 11, 2011 20:24

By Dr. Sonnet

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Bosnian Muslim women pray before some of the 613 coffins laid out in preparation for mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetery in Potocari on July 10, 2011. Tens of thousands of people are expected in Potocari on July 11 to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the moment the UN-protected enclave fell to Bosnian Serb troops. The remains of 613 people will be buried alongside the 4,524 victims of the massacre already interred in the vast cemetery which faces the former UN army base. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in just a few days after the eastern town under UN protection was captured by Bosnian Serb forces 16 years ago. Photo - Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

The lesson I have learned from Srebrenica Genocide during my follow up over years:

Justice will prevail even after a while. If you seek your right, you will not lose it. Documenting the massacre is an approach to restore the rights. The truth can be opposed, even if it is witnessed. Do not blindly trust the United Nations or the Blue Hats – the perseverance in a scientific and practical approach of the warcrimes trial is the way to achieve justice. Be strong even if you are oppressed. Revenge is a weakness. After seeking the truth, you can pardon the criminal as it is a virtue. The pardon before the judgment equals to subservience…

Dr. Sonnet is a cardiologist who lives in Egypt. She takes deep interest in politics, women’s rights and society. She also took part in the recent pro-democracy protests in Egypt and reported eye-witness accounts on her blog http://shayunbiqalbi.blogspot.com. Written by Dr. Sonnet; Edited & Published by Moign Khawaja.

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