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Resources on the
Conflict in the
This site, aptly named, has been put together by Jim Bartlett, who decided to learn journalism from the bottom up by tagging along with some prize winning press and print correspondents to cover the war in the former Yugoslavia. There is a large collection of articles written by him as well as some other correspondents. Most of the material appears to be from 1996, by which time the armed conflict was largely over.
This is a massive collection of material which includes articles culled (without
permission, but following fair use policy) from the world press on the conflict in the
former Yugoslavia. The material available from this source covers January-December 1994.
There are links here to a text version which starts in 1992, and to an archive at
An international, non-profit organization working to support the Yugoslavia and Rwanda
Final Report of the Commission of Experts (Local server)
The Commission of Experts was established by the United Nations in fulfillment of Security Council Resolution 780, adopted on October 6, 1992. Its goal, inter alia, was to examine the evidence submitted to the Security Council pursuant to Security Council Resolutions 771 and 780. Under the terms of 771, Section 5, the Security Council called upon States and, as appropriate, international humanitarian organizations to collate substantiated information in their possession or submitted to them relating to the violations of humanitarian law, including grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, being committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and to make this information available to the Council. It had long been clear that in the course of the conflict in territories of the former Yugoslavia, but particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina, that extensive and serious violations of such laws were taking place. Not since the end of the Second World War had there been alleged reports of mass rape, torture, killings, collective punishments, and ethnic cleansing in the course of an armed conflict in Europe on such a scale. The photographic, film and textual reports produced in support of such atrocities conjured up images last associated with the liberation of the concentration camps during April/May 1945.
Until obliged to resign for medical reasons, the Commission was chaired by Mr Fritz Kalshoven of the Netherlands. Subsequently it was chaired by Cherif Bassiouni, a leading expert on international humanitarian law, and author of Crimes Against Humanity in International Criminal Law (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1992). Other members were drawn from Canada, Norway and Senegal.
In accordance with the recommendation of an interim report of the Commission, the Security Council decided, pursuant to Security Council Resolution 827, to establish an international tribunal for the sole purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1 January 1991 and a date to be determined by the Security Council upon the restoration of peace and to this end to adopt the Statute of the International Tribunal.
The arduous work associated with producing the hypertext version of the Final Report of the Commission of Experts which is available here, was undertaken by Jean-Luc Maillot. As Jean-Luc was unable to store these files on his university's server any longer he kindly agreed to let me store it on our own server.
Available from this site are all of the Reports prepared by the American Department of State under the terms of paragraph 5 of Security Council Resolution 771 (1992). This called upon member states and international humanitarian organisations to "collate substantiated information in their possession or submitted to them relating to the violation of humanitarian law, including grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, being committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and to make this information available to the Council." The United States submitted eight reports to the Council.
This site also holds a series of files of indictments brought by the International Criminal Tribunal against individuals accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in the former Yugoslavia during the period 1991-1995.
These reports and indictments were edited by Michael Sells and Aida Premilovac, and are reproduced here with their permission.
Reports of the International Criminal Tribunal Yugoslavia
Indictments of the International Criminal Tribunal Yugoslavia (Local server)
Judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal
Jellisic Case: Summary of Judgment. Source; ICTY, 14 December 1999
Summary of the ICTY Judgment on General Blaskic. Part I. ICTY, 03 March 2000
Summary of the ICTY Judgment on General Blaskic. Part II. ICTY, 03 March 2000
Judgment on Tihomir Blaskic. ICTY Press Release, 03 March 2000
This presentation lists accessible resources relating to the involvement of Croatia in
the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, with particular emphasis on the conflict between
Serbia and Croatia. There are documents and photographs portraying the destruction wrought
by the Serbian forces of sacred objects (churches and religious artifacts), and in various
centers of population, particularly Dubrovnik, Osijek, and Vukovar. There is a also a
section of resources relating to the activities of UNPROFOR (the United Nations Protection
Force), and links to other resources, many of which are Croatian based. Although there is
no specific information on the page about this, this is a presentation which leans heavily
toward the official Croatian version of events.
Criminals/Suspects of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Page maintained
by students at Caltech. Information here relating to some of the major war criminals of
the Yugoslav conflict, including Karadzic, Mladic, Tadic and Martic. The list of names is
long, although miniscule in relation to the number of perpetrators. The indictments before
the International Criminal Tribunal are linked to where available. There are additional
links to some newspaper articles concerned with war crimes, and various documents,
including the Bulletins of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina State War Crimes Commission,
which documents in some detail the experiences of victims, destruction of religious
properties, forced conversions, and other atrocities. There is also a link to the report
of the Special Rapporteur, the former Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, appointed
by the United Nations to investigate allegations of human rights abuses, and the
transcript of an interview with him. Links to other resources on war criminals are also
This is a publication arranged by the Bosnia Action Coalition, which reported on a weekly basis events unfolding in the former Yugoslavia. Online from this source are some, but not all, of the weekly issues, covering the period September 1994 to August 1996. There is a link to the gopher archive.
Resolution passed by the United States Senate, with the concurrence of the House of Representatives, alleging that there is a substantial body of evidence suggesting that Slobodan Milosevic, the President of Serbia, was responsible in large measure for instigating the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and overseeing the perpetration of transgressions against the customs and practices of law and crimes against humanity. The resolution suggests that the United States "should publicly declare that it considers that there is probable cause to believe that Slobodan Milosevic, President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide," and should make available such information as it has in its possession to the International Criminal Tribunal Yugoslavia, at The Hague, and financial resources to secure an indictment and conviction if such resources are necessary.
Most of the information that is available on the Web relating to the conflict in the
former Yugoslavia provides a perspective on those matters which is in line with
interpretations which assumed majority status in the United States, Western Europe, and
international organisations, such as the United Nations. A rounded appreciation of the
perspectives of the various parties can probably only be gleaned by a reading of documents
which advances their own perspective, rather than that perspective refracted through the
ideological and ethical prisms of those other parties. This Web site includes a number of
reports which convey the way in which events were perceived by the authorities in the rump
of the former Yugoslavia. A number of these reports are mirrored on the UWE server.
Yalta and the Bleiburg Tragedy. C Michael McAdams, 1995
Written by a sociology PhD student (Group Dynamics and Mass Communications), it covers the period January 1992-December 1996.
Document compiled by Dr S D Stein
Last update 29/01/07 14:19:12
©S D Stein
Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science