Genocide Transcripts Project a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research

Genocide Transcripts Project a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research

SARAJEVO, April 6 (FENA) – The “Genocide Transcripts” project is a very important resource for an interdisciplinary approach to genocide research.

This was concluded at the conference “Political Decisions and Responsibility: From Sarajevo to Srebrenica”, held on the occasion of April 6, the Day of the City of Sarajevo, at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo (UNSA).

Participants of the conference talked about the mentioned project whose implementer is the Srebrenica Memorial Center, but also about various aspects of the issue of criminality and responsibility of persons who, in the work of the so-called The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina/National Assembly of the Republika Srpska, from 1991 to 1996, supported, advocated and participated in political decisions whose consequences included, among others, the siege of Sarajevo and the genocide in Srebrenica.

“When we talk about genocide, we are talking about an absolute crime,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Sead Turčalo.

Director of the Srebrenica Memorial Center, Emir Suljagić, spoke about why the Day of the City of Sarajevo was chosen as the moment to present the “Genocide Transcripts” and explained how important this project is because it has made public documents accessible and easily searchable to everyone.

The President of the Management Board of the  Srebrenica Memorial Center, Dževad Mahmutović, explained that the transcripts contain important information about the siege of Sarajevo and the events in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of aggression.

Professor and researcher in the field of genocide research, Edina Bećirević, spoke about aspects of genocide denial, which we are constantly facing in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. She explained that the transcripts indicate that the perpetrators were aware of the international dimension of genocide and possible international intervention and therefore sought to promote the narrative of the victims’ guilt for the suffering of people in Sarajevo and the genocide in Srebrenica.

A researcher in the field of genocide research, professor Dr. Hikmet Karčić spoke about the term “living space” which is mentioned several times in the transcripts and explained that the members of the so-called Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina/National Assembly of the Republika Srpska, were very interested in the birth rate and demographic trends.

He referred to the terminology used in the transcripts, through which, Karčić stated, the radicalization of the plan and genocidal intent can be observed.

The conference “Political Decisions and Responsibility: From Sarajevo to Srebrenica” was jointly organized by the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica Memorial Center.