Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ICTY puts out war demographics from the Bosnian war

The ICTY put together a groundbreaking study breaking down the demographics of dead and missing from the war. It breaks it down by ethnicity, men, women and military vs civilian and is stunning in it's results. It makes it clear that the largest singular victim of the war was Bosniaks and that the numbers outweigh the fact that they are the largest singular ethnicity in BiH.

The Demographic Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor has carried out groundbreaking work in the history of international criminal law. The ICTY is the first court to use demographic estimates, not only of the numbers of killed, but also of the wounded, missing, exhumed and identified persons, internally displaced and refugees. In January 2010, the number of 104,732 persons became the final estimate of the death toll in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One of the key findings of the Tribunal’s demographers concerns the number of war victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for which the final estimate of 104,732 individuals was produced in January 2010, after 12 years of data collection.

This number is the result of the consolidation of 12 external sources, using a complex statistical method. The data was not linked to a particular indictment, but the reports that refer to it were tendered into evidence in several ICTY trials.

The first report of the Demographic Unit dealt with missing persons after the fall of the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995. It was filed in June 2000 in the case of Radislav Krstić, a former senior officer of the Bosnian Serb Army who was convicted of aiding and abetting genocide in the former UN ‘safe area’. This report estimated that 7,475 Bosnian Muslims were killed after the fall of Srebrenica.

About forty reports dealing with different victimisation episodes of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia have been produced since then by renowned external experts. Collectively, they document an extensive demographic picture of the consequences of war.

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