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Verdict against Bosnian Serb general welcomed

'IHRC believes it is vital that crimes of this scale are recognised for what they are - state organised industrial-scale mass murder,' it said in a press release issued on the Wednesday's ruling of life imprisonment by the UN tribunal in The Hague.

As the leading military figure in the self-declared Bosnian Serb Republic, Mladic executed the biggest organised slaughter of Muslims in modern Europe following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Among them was the murder of 8000 innocent unarmed men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 and the siege of Sarajevo in which more than 10,000 people died.

'Nevertheless it is worrying that despite being indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia in 1995, Mladic continued to live a normal life protected by his compatriots, most of whom still consider him a hero. Other convicted war criminals who helped him in his mass slaughter occupy posts lecturing in the country's military schools and are mayors in regional districts,' read the press release.

'The verdicts today are overdue and provide long-awaited justice for those killed by Mladic. However, the continued glorification of mass murderers and the celebration of genocide show how deep-rooted anti-Muslim animosities run in the Balkans and should remind us to be forever on our guard,' IHRC chairman Massoud Shadjareh said.

IHRC's report, Politics or Justice: Differentiating between the Nuremberg Trials and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia by Demir Mahmutcehajic in 2001 criticized the double standards in the approach to the tribunals related to the Balkan crises in the 1990.

IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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