At this New York Times web special site you can take a tour of war-ravaged streets during the siege of Sarajevo. French
photojournalist Gilles Peress was there during the final weeks of the
siege, and his photographs and first-person narrative hauntingly bring to
life the crisis. This site has two other divisions
worth exploring. "Resources and Context" includes the most extensive
chronologies on the region, from Yugoslavia's historic past up to the
recent war. Also in this section, a collection of Times articles.
Try the one titled "war crimes tribunal" for a good overview of the
challenges and criticisms facing the court. The third division is "Forum,"
which includes highlights from a two-month online forum with experts such as Madeleine Albright and Christiane Amanpour.
A definitive index of international video reports on
war-torn countries where grave human rights abuses have taken place.
Documentary and news clips covering the Balkan war can be viewed with
RealPlayer software. For example, there is a video clip of Karadzic's threatening 1991 speech on the floor of parliament at the time when Bosnia-Herzegovina's Muslim delegation was about to declare independence from Yugoslavia.:
Although the IMI doesn't own copyrights to any of the material,
it offers a valuable index of what's out there. The International Monitor Institute's mission is to gather and collect any and all
multimedia material, primarily video, pertaining to human rights in the Balkans, Rwanda, Burma, Cambodia and regions inhabited by the Kurds. The site also includes still-photo galleries of Kashmir, Bosnia, and Palestine from photographer Martin Sugarman. Also useful
are extensive lists of links and contact information for donating related material.
A salon for serious Bosnia watchers and the place to
learn about the history, the war and the aftermath. The Balkan Institute
was established in 1995 to promote public understanding about the Balkan
crisis and to monitor threats to peace in the region. Its co-director was
one of three State Department officials who in 1993 resigned to protest US inaction against
the Bosnia genocide. This non-government organization has an impressive steering committee and
its site contains
essays and commentary from prominent American and European experts. The section called
"Balkan Watch" offers a weekly news summary of events in the region. All the links on this
site offer thorough and probing analyses of particular issues. Try 'Background Briefs/Dayton Peace Accord'
for an accessible translation of that pivotal agreement.
Originally from Yugoslavia, Marko Kocic is an engineering grad student at
Northeastern University who in his spare time offers a great service to
researchers and anyone who wishes they could read Serbo-Croat. Kocic
translates a sampling of current articles from the former and current
Yugoslavia press. He says he started his site in 1995 "as an attempt to
raise awareness of the less-than-democratic practices of the nationalist
regimes." His goal is to let readers compare for themselves coverage from
both "patriotic" and "independent" publications. There are quite a few
articles which deal with human rights violations in
Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, and a few articles about suspected
and indicted war criminals (Kordic, Lugar, and an interview with Seselj).
The bi-weekly Duga ("Rainbow") features a column by Slobodon Milosevic's
wife Mirjana Markovic. The nationalist Velika Srbija ("Greater Serbia")
is the monthly publication put out by the Serbian Radical Party and
notorious paramilitary leader Vojislav Seselj. Click on his name to read
an interview with him.
From the newspaper Drentse Courant. In 1997, a Dutch journalist spent the day with Karadzic and family and conducted what could be one of the last interviews with him since he's gone into hiding. Includes pictures of the most-wanted war criminal playing with his grandson.
This is the official site for the International Criminal Tribunal for the
Former Yugoslavia and it contains more information and technical documents than most visitors would need. One helpful document is the schedule of Tribunal hearings under "Latest Documents and News." To read court transcripts, including the Rule 61 proceeding of Karadzic and Mladic,
click "Tribunal Cases" then "Trial Chambers." (Rule 61 permits evidence
and indictments to be entered into open court when a suspect cannot be
apprehended. It is sometimes inaccurately referred to as a "trial in
absentia" but such trials are forbidden by the Tribunal.) Once inside
Trial Chambers, select a suspect to find a copy of the initial indictment
and any trial transcripts.
The war in Bosnia can only be fully comprehended by looking at the
details, the day to day atrocities that were happening on the ground over
a four-year period. The acts of war found in eight US State Department
reports have been fully indexed and numbered by Professor Michael Sells
and Aida Premilovac of Haverford University. Substantiated reports of
torture, rape, willful killing, forcible expulsion, destruction of
property are all here, in concise, dated entries, like the diary of an
unending nightmare. Try the clickable map of Bosnia to see where a few atrocities occurred and who is allegedly responsible. For something different, scroll all the way down to
the bottom of the top page to see what the Aladza mosque of Foca looked
like before its destruction. An author and professor of comparative
religions, Sells initiated the site in 1992 and organized the Community
of Bosnia group to fight genocide. Fifty students from ethnically-cleansed
areas now attend Haverford on a special scholarship that he helped create.
This site can best be thought of as a classy brochure for the new
Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro). Its resources are neatly organized
into sections such as News, Culture, Phonebook, and Library. But indignation characterizes the content in the Library/The Third Yugoslavia section,which stresses that Serbs have long been misunderstood and are unjustly forced into international isolation. On the main page, click
"famous Serbian icons" to explore an extensive gallery of orthodox art.
In other sections, striking photographs convey the beauty of