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Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaA Multidisciplinary Approach$
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Carsten Stahn, Carmel Agius, Serge Brammertz, and Colleen Rohan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198862956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198862956.001.0001

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The Broken Path to Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Broken Path to Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Field Study of Memories

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(p.571) 30 The Broken Path to Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
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Rosa Aloisi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198862956.003.0031

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has delivered judgments adjudicating some of the most heinous crimes committed in the Balkans. As the Tribunal’s work comes to an end, judges leave behind a ‘memorial of words’ providing a vivid description of events and sites of atrocities. However, today local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) use the same places where crimes were committed as a political tool of denial and battleground of ethnic divisions. This chapter assesses the tensions between the truth recounted by the ICTY and the construction of the local collective memory through an analysis of how the sites of atrocities are being used. This chapter argues that, while international justice offers some resolution to a post-war divided society, a full reconciliation is only possible when the communities acknowledge the occurrence of atrocities and the right of victims to visit these places to mourn and remember.

Keywords:   memorial of words, truth, collective memory, full reconciliation, resolution, international justice

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