At yesterday‘s session of Circle 99, which is held every Sunday, the speaker on the topic “Civil resistance against living in fear” was the appellant before the European Court of Human Rights, Azra Zornic.
She said that psychological torture against citizens has been more and more present in recent years and to a greater extent than it was in 1992-1995. Then she looked back at everything that preceded today.
“During the war years, after Srebrenica, Sarajevo was the most exposed to psycho-physical torture by both the aggressor and the international community. The aggressor carried out genocide over Srebrenica, and in Sarajevo there were terrible massacres with a large number of dead, snipers who daily spread fear in all parts of the city and killed only civilians, among whom hundreds of children were killed. Life without electricity, water and food with the extremely hypocritical gesture of the international community, which imposed an embargo only on those parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that needed weapons the most to defend bare lives, while on the territory under control Croatian Defense Council (HVO) and the Army of the Republika Srpska (RS) huge amounts of weapons were regularly delivered from Serbia and Croatia in order to continue the aggression,” she stated.
She states that it was also hypocritical that humanitarian aid was delivered to the besieged Sarajevo through the Sarajevo airport in the form of “crumbs of flour, salt and sometimes oil, along with rotting cans of herring and roe that even cats don’t eat today. In the end, she said that the international community drove the last nail with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement.
“The entire international community expressed all its partiality and hypocrisy through the so-called peace negotiations, while blackmailing the victim to accept the unacceptable, hounding BiH until the moment when Bosnia consolidated its forces and decisively set out to liberate the occupied territories. Then Europe and the United States (U.S.) decided to prevent BiH from fully liberating all the occupied territory and forming a state tailored to each of its citizens. By imposing Dayton, they put on a straitjacket from which, even today, 27 years later, we are looking for a way to get rid of it, while those same so-called peacemakers have left themselves a fertile ground on which war can occur at any moment when it suits them strategically,” she told.
Speaking about the arms embargo, she states that the international community is still helping the aggression against the citizens of BiH – through their ignorance or deliberate pressure.
“With the wholehearted help of part of the European Union (EU)and certain U.S. diplomats, this aggression of our neighbors continues today, with the fact that this time it is done through diplomatic pressure through international negotiators who come to BiH either unprepared or misinformed about the real situation on the ground, and each of they come in the hope that he will take off that straitjacket from BiH and thus climb a step higher in his career,” she said.
She sees the culmination of international hypocrisy in the appointment of the high representative in BiH, Christian Schmidt.
“With his assumption of that position, he immediately caused negative reactions from the citizens. From his arrival in the position of high representative until today, citizens live in fear of whether this man will use the Bonn powers and impose changes to the Constitution of only one entity and the Electoral Law in benefit of the ethnic group gathered around the HDZ and thus lead Bosnia into a war of Balkan and perhaps European proportions. This everyday fear of citizens raises tensions to high levels, affects the quality of mental health of each individual and destroys the spirit of community in these areas. With speculations about the use of Bonn’s powers, Schmidt creates an ever-widening gap between citizens, deepens divisions and strengthens segregation in BiH,” she said.
In the end, she says that everything mentioned in her address ultimately led to a more massive organization of citizens at protests, Klix.ba reports.