Bosnia and Herzegovina mark the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in which over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims – mostly men and boys – were killed.
Former Bosniak commander Naser Oric was on trial in Sarajevo on charges that he killed three Serb prisoners while defending Srebrenica from Serb attacks during the 1992-1995 war.
The United Nations has failed to prevent war and fulfill peacekeeping duties many times throughout its history. Millions of people around the world have been killed and displaced since the UN was founded in 1945.
Ratko Mladic, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and ex-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic are accused of forming a "joint criminal enterprise" to create a Greater Serbia by ridding the territory of Bosnian Muslims and non-Serbs.
In 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia was formed in the wake of the massacres in Prijedor. It was to hold those most responsible for the violence in the region to account. Yet many are dubious about its achievements.
Even as the Serbian president says his country should look to the future after Ratko Mladic's conviction, many Serb war veterans say their former commander didn't deserve to be punished.
The judgement in Ratko Mladic's trial has not brought catharsis for survivors and victims' families. It has also failed in establishing a greater understanding of the crimes that transpired in Bosnia in the 90s.
Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide and human rights organisations welcome the sentencing of former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of genocide and war crimes in the Bosnian war.
Mladic was the Bosnian Serb army commander in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. The UN war crimes tribunal found him guilty of 10 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mladic's lawyers say he will appeal the verdict and sentence.
Ratko Mladic was charged with 11 counts of genocide including the 1995 slaughter of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. His verdict by The Hague is being keenly watched in the Balkans.
As the trial of the Butcher of Bosnia comes to a close, genocide denial still thrives. Now some fringe elements are revering war criminals as heroes. Can there be justice for those who have had to wait for more than twenty years?
Ratko Mladic is accused of committing war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.
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