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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2019
E-001878-19
Question for written answer E-001878-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cristian Dan Preda (PPE)

 Subject:  Genocide denial and glorification of war criminals in Republika Srpska
 Answer in writing 

On 20 March 2019, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) sentenced Radovan Karadžić to life imprisonment for committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995(1). Yet the authorities from the political entity of Republika Srpska continue to deny genocide(2) and to glorify convicted war criminal Karadžić. He is treated as a hero, with medals being awarded and even a student dormitory being named after him(3). The European Parliament has condemned the genocide in Srebrenica in the strongest possible terms and rejected ‘any denial, relativisation or misinterpretation’ of it(4). The actions of the Republika Srpska authorities harm the memory of the victims and the prospects for reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1. Is the Commission aware of these recurrent instances of genocide denial and glorification of war crimes in Republika Srpska? What will it do to put a stop to them?

2. What is the impact of these actions on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European path?

(1)‘The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals delivers judgment in the Karadžić case’, http://www.irmct.org/en/news/appeals-chamber-international-residual-mechanism-criminal-tribunals-delivers-judgment-karad%C5%BEi%C4%87
(2)‘Srebrenica massacre is “fabricated myth”, Bosnian Serb leader says’, The Independent, 13 April 2019, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/srebrenica-massacre-genocide-milorad-dodik-bosnia-myth-a8869026.html
(3)‘Student dorm named after war crimes suspect Radovan Karadžić’, The Guardian, 21 March 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/21/student-dorm-named-after-war-crimes-suspect-radovan-karadzic
(4)European Parliament resolution of 9 July 2015 on the Srebrenica Commemoration, OJ C 265, 11.8.2017, p. 142.

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