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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Krstić Case

Giulia Bigi

Subject(s):
Crimes against humanity — Genocide — Command responsibility — Armed conflict — War crimes

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The facts of the case are related to the events which took place in July 1995 in the area of Srebrenica, a town located in the eastern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina . During the break-up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991–92 ( Yugoslavia, Dissolution of ), due to its proximity to the Serbian border and despite its predominantly Muslim population, Srebrenica was an enclave that was never linked to the main part of Bosnian-held land in the west, but represented an island amidst Serb-controlled territory. 2 In order to protect the civilian...
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