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CNAB Response to the Ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Case of Bosnia vs. Serbia

It is disappointing that the Court did not accept the indisputable evidence that Serbia, at a minimum, was an active party to the planned project of genocide.

Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) has taken note of the unjust and politically motivated decision of the International Court of Justice which was based upon extreme prejudice of the West against Bosniaks as European Muslims.

Same was evident for all to witness, in the times before the aggression and genocide against Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the aggression and genocide, during the times of the Dayton Accords and particularly today when we witness the decision of the Court.

CNAB reiterates that Bosniaks were not the only victims of aggression and genocide, but rather, the whole of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious matrix of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian society, embodied in the millennia of joint history, dignity in tolerance, respect, trust and coexistence, among all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

Genocide and aggression had also been used as tools to negate the will of the electoral majority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which electoral majority, fifteen years ago today, chose the independent, sovereign and democratic future for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The unjust and politically motivated decision of the Court notwithstanding, CNAB calls upon all of the Bosniaks in the Motherland and in the Diaspora to rise above the rather justified frustrations, widely expected passivity, externally organized internal divisions and willfully imposed conditions for expressions of irresponsible behaviour, all of which, according to CNAB, was, indeed, the planned outcome of the Decision of the Court, in the hope that the international community would thus be able to finally complete the centuries? old project of absolute, and final, destruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina and her Bosniak and Bosnian social fabric. In these times of utmost historic responsibility bearing heavily upon the shoulders of the current generations of Bosniaks with respect to the future of the Bosniak nation, CNAB calls upon all Bosniaks and Bosniak organizations to join in the implementation of the plan of action of CNAB as follows:

Response of the Bosniaks to the Decision of the International Court of Justice

The Court has ruled in its Decision that the self-proclaimed “Republika Srpska”, its leaders, agents and surrogates have committed genocide upon Bosniaks in Srebrenica, numbering in excess of 8,000 persons. Srebrenica was, at the time, the official “safe haven” of the United Nations. Serbia was, in that Decision, proclaimed guilty for not preventing and punishing the crime of genocide. It is disappointing that the Court did not accept the indisputable evidence that Serbia, at a minimum, was an active party to the planned project of genocide. The Decision of the Court, in and of itself, is a body of evidence that the constitutional arrangement based upon the ethno-territorial divides was directly attributable to genocide and, before that, to a planned genocide. That Decision, therefore, directs that the results of genocide be annulled. It is possible to achieve that only by way of creation of a new constitution which will bring about a system of democratic governing in harmony with the multi-ethnic character of Bosnia and Herzegovina which was in existence before the aggression and genocide, and which will require joint and synchronous action of all Bosniak organizations. CNAB has taken these positives within the context of the Decision and has adopted a plan of action on behalf of Bosniaks and their associations in response to the Decision of the International Court of Justice.

  1. Bosniaks now have, in addition to their historic and moral preconditions, a legal one as well, in terms of establishing a national focus on implementing their national being and developing collective consciousness about further development of their national being. Bosniaks ought to finally rise to the occasion and become conscious of their historic responsibilities and rights so as to, once and for all, solve the issue of their national being by way of a national programme of Bosniak being. The responsibility of the current generation of Bosniaks is to put this issue to rest and, in doing so, eliminate the real and perceived shortcomings as potential weaknesses leading to yet another repeat of genocide against them.
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  3. CNAB is going to increase the intensity and focus of its activity in the area of creation of new constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina which will, in accordance with the Decision of the Court, as well as with the principles of international law, completely eradicate the results of genocide, which results currently serve as a basis for ethno-territorial arrangement. This, first and foremost, includes the indubitable and urgent annulment of the genocidal creation referred to as “RS”.
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  5. The Decision of the Court has now allowed for a legal and swift implementation of the joint Declaration of CNAB and the Alliance of Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with respect to bestowing a special status of district for Srebrenica and Zepa so as to be put under direct supervision of the state until the process of dismantling of the genocidal creation (RS) is finally completed.
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  7. CNAB will initiate a bill to criminalize denial of genocide. In this respect, CNAB will address the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and the European Parliament and request urgent legislative action.
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  9. CNAB will further increase its activity in the area of changes to the Citizenship Act, whose discriminatory rules on dual citizenship flow as a continuation of genocide. With the dissolution of the state entity of Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina has the right to annul the Agreement on Dual Citizenship since same ceased to be in effect following the dissolution of that former state entity. It ought to be in the interest of Bosnia and Herzegovina to enable some half-a-million of its citizens to keep their citizenship which was put into question twice by RS blocking the amendments to Article 17. of the Dual Citizenship Act of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All those opposing changes to dual citizenship will have positioned themselves as being against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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  11. CNAB will continue its work in the area of amassing new evidence to support charges of genocide throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina with the view of finally proving the guilt of Serbia and Montenegro before the Court within the prescribed legal window of ten years. The objective is to present documentation that there existed, indeed, an indisputable intent to systemically destroy the Bosniak people.
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  13. CNAB will address the premise of collecting of funds to start a private class-action lawsuit of Bosniaks against RS for genocide committed and results of same.
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  15. CNAB will address the premise of collecting of funds to start a private class-action lawsuit on behalf of the flower of Bosniak youth, who need to be psychologically healed from trauma of aggression and genocide, and then intellectually and academically propelled to assume the reigns of Bosnia and Herzegovina once they get to be called upon to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina into future.
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  17. CNAB will initiate a project of documenting of collective and public testimonials of genocide by scientific, cultural and political leaders of the world. That document will then be presented to the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the European Parliament and the International Court of Justice.
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  19. CNAB is hereby initiating the introduction of the public institution named Woman – Hero, in order to express due recognition of a woman and of all women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and their extraordinary sacrifice and role in the process of defence of the Bosniak being, and of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during aggression and genocide.
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  21. CNAB is hereby initiating action to erect a Museum of Genocide Against Bosnia and Herzegovina, to be built in North America, and which will, in one of the most developed areas of the world, forever stand witness, before that world, about the crime of genocide committed against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosniaks.

President of CNAB

Emir Ramic