Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was today found guilty of genocide and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1990s Bosnian War.
Mladic, also known as the “Butcher of Bosnia,” faced 11 charges including crimes against humanity and was convicted on 10 of these by the UN tribunal in The Hague.
He was one of the men responsible for ordering the killing of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 as well as the siege of Sarajevo which resulted in the death of more than 10,000 people.
The 74-year-old was earlier removed from court for shouting at the judges and had to watch the rest of proceedings on a screen in a separate room.
He has denied all the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal.
25 years on
The Bosnian War started 25 years ago, but towns and communities are still recovering from one of the worst acts of genocide in recent history.
Over 101,000 people died and an estimated 12,000-20,000 women were raped. Around 2.2 million people were also displaced from their homes, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.
Our European correspondent Liam Baldock is currently in Bosnia and has more:
Opera Circus, a performing arts company based in Bridport, Dorset, went out to Bosnia in 2007 where they worked with children and young people using creative and cultural activities to explore issues of Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights.
Artistic Director Tina Ellen Lee, who has been based in Bosnia since 2007, spoke to BUzz News about the work she did on location over the last few years.
Tell us about the work you did in Bosnia
“We were in Bosnia with the production and when we were in Mostar a local NGO from Srebrenica came to see us and asked if we wanted to see a young group of children but we couldn’t go in the end because there was too much trouble. So we went back in 2008 and I’ve been there ever since working with young people on arts and culture and looking at all the issues in their communities.”
Do you think your work out there helped?
“When you’re using arts and culture I wouldn’t like to say it’s healing because it’s arrogant, but you provide an alternative to people you’re working with and in our case, it was younger people.”
What do you think the local people of Bosnia would think today of this guilty verdict?
“It depends on who you ask, there are still divisions on the ground there in Srebrenica, the place itself is dying, it’s a very sad town with a much reduced population, obviously reduced by the genocide.”