Monday, November 21, 2005

International Criminal Tribunal in Hague

Today me and Wen went with a student organization to Hague to visit the ICTY, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. We were supposed to attend the case with Milosevich in the morning, but that session was cancelled for the day. Instead we followed a session of the trial of Mile Mrkšić.

The ICTY building

Chilling reading

Mile Mrkšić was a colonel in the Yugoslav People's Army and in this trial charged with extermination, murder, torture, inhumane acts, and cruel treatment, all "crimes against humanity" and "violations of the laws or customs of war". The victims in the case are the refugees and patients at Vukovar Hospital during the final days of the siege of the city the 20th November 1991. An agreement had been signed that guaranteed the evacuation of the hospital with the inspection of international organization. Instead they were bussed to a military camp and later on, almost all executed. Chilling reading.

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