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PHR Applauds Serbia’s Arrest of Ratko Mladic

Continues Calls for Survivor Assistance and Identifications of the Missing

Cambridge, Mass. - 05/26/2011

Today’s arrest of Ratko Mladic, 16 years after his indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in1995, is a major victory for the international rule of law. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) calls for Mladic’s swift transfer to The Hague to face trial at the ICTY for crimes against humanity and genocide.

“The arrest today by Serbian security services of Ratko Mladic, the military leader of Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-1995 war is a long-awaited step in the road to justice for the thousands of victims of atrocities in the former Yugoslavia,” said Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights. “Those indicted for war crimes all over the world must realize that justice may be slow, but is inevitable, due to the tenacity and determination of the international community.”

PHR calls on the international community to continue providing assistance for survivors and support for the continuing effort to identify the missing.

In 1996 PHR conducted the exhumations and forensic examinations of several large mass graves in Bosnia and Croatia for the ICTY). PHR’s medical and scientific teams also helped exhume and identify those killed during the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre orchestrated by Radovan Karadzic and implemented by Ratko Mladic.  The two are charged with leading and implementing a systematic campaign of murder, rape, and forced displacement against the people of Bosnia.

PHR teams also provided psycho-social assistance to the families of the Srebrenica victims.

PHR teams exhumed hundreds of bodies in the mass graves around Srebrenica - many with single gunshot wounds to the head and with their hands tied behind their backs with wires.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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