US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB1856

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA - REPORTED RAPES OF YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN - 1. A TWO-PAGE ARTICLE IN THE SEPT 25 EDITION OF THE ZAGREB WEEKLY "GLOBUS" REPORTS THAT A GROUP OF FORTY YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM-POPULATED TOWN OF BREZOVO POLJE

Identifier: 92ZAGREB1856
Wikileaks: View 92ZAGREB1856 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-09-29 09:59:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREF PHUM HR PHUM HR BK War Crimes
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLASSIFIED  SECTION 01 OF 02 ZAGREB  01856 
 
SIPDIS 
 
WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 0884 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ZAGREB 01856 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D C O P Y -- SECTION 2 DUPLICATE TEXT OMITTED 
 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS: PREF, PHUM, HR, PHUM, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA - REPORTED RAPES OF YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN 
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1.  A TWO-PAGE ARTICLE IN THE SEPT 25 EDITION OF THE 
ZAGREB WEEKLY "GLOBUS" REPORTS THAT A GROUP OF FORTY 
YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM-POPULATED TOWN OF BREZOVO 
POLJE, NORTH OF SARAJEVO, WERE BRUTALIZED AND 
 
REPEATEDLY RAPED IN MAY OF THIS YEAR BY SERBIAN 
SOLDIERS.  THE WOMEN, NINE OF WHOM ARE SHOWN IN A 
GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH THEIR MOTHERS AND SEVERAL OF 
THE MOST HEAVILY QUOTED OF WHOM ARE SHOWN IN 
INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS, ARE NOW IN A DISPLACED PERSONS 
CAMP IN TUZLA.  THERE A "GLOBUS" JOURNALIST 
INTERVIEWED THEM, ALONG WITH DR. MELIKA KREITMAYER, 
IDENTIFIED AS THE HEAD OF A GROUP OF GYNECOLOGISTS 
SENT BY THE UN TO B-H TO INVESTIGATE REPORTED CASES 
OF "BODILY ATTACKS" ON THE PART OF SERBS. 
 
2.  THE ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE VIOLENCE DONE TO 
MIRSADA DIDOVIC (23 YEARS OF AGE), ALMIRA AJANOVIC 
(18), JASMINA FERIC (20), SEVLETA AJANOVIC (18), TWO 
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MINORS IDENTIFIED AS MEJRA (17) AND ZIBA (17), AND 
NUMEROUS OTHERS WHO WOULD NOT ALLOW THEIR NAMES TO BE 
REVEALED.  THE WOMEN INTERVIEWED GAVE SIMILAR 
ACCOUNTS OF HOW SERBIAN SOLDIERS HAD ENTERED THEIR 
TOWN IN MAY, FORCED THEIR WAY INTO MUSLIM HOMES, 
TAKEN THE MOST ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMEN FROM THEIR 
FAMILIES, AND JAILED THEM.  GROUPS OF SERBIAN 
SOLDIERS REPORTEDLY THEN RAPED THEM OVER A PERIOD OF 
SEVERAL DAYS.  ONE VICTIM, ALMIRA AJANOVIC, WAS 
REPORTEDLY GANG RAPED IN FRONT OF HER FATHER, WHO WAS 
HIMSELF GAGGED AND BOUND BY WIRE.  ANOTHER, JASMINA 
FERIC, REPORTEDLY WITNESSED THE SLITTING OF HER 
FATHER'S THROAT AND THE SHOOTING OF HER MOTHER BEFORE 
SHE WAS GANG RAPED BY NINE SOLDIERS FOR THREE DAYS. 
 
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3.  THROUGH QUOTES FROM DR. KREITMAYER AND SEVERAL OF 
THE VICTIMS, WHO IN TURN QUOTED THEIR ATTACKERS, THE 
ARTICLE ARGUES THAT GROSS VIOLENCE AGAINST AND 
HUMILIATION OF MUSLIM WOMEN WAS NOT A HAPPENSTANCE OF 
WAR OR MERELY THE ISOLATED ACTS OF CRAZED SOLDIERS. 
RATHER, IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY PART OF A DELIBERATE SERBIAN 
STRATEGY TO SOW TERROR IN THE MUSLIM POPULATION. 
 
4.  DR. KREITMAYER IS REPORTED TO HAVE PHYSICALLY 
EXAMINED THE WOMEN, SOME OF WHOM HAD BECOME PREGNANT 
AND ABORTED. 
 
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CAVEAT 
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5.  WE HAVE NO INDEPENDENT INFORMATION WITH WHICH TO 
CORROBORATE THESE ALLEGATIONS.  THE SOURCE FOR THE 
ABOVE REPORT,"GLOBUS," TENDS HEAVILY TO THE 
SENSATIONALIST, BUT NEVERTHELESS REGULARLY PROVIDES 
"EXCLUSIVE" REPORTAGE WIDELY CONSIDERED TO BE 
ESSENTIALLY ACCURATE.  THIS STORY CONTAINS ENOUGH 
 
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WHITE HOUSE WASHDC 0885 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 ZAGREB 01856 
 
SIPDIS 
 
USVIENNA FOR USDEL CSCE 
 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS:  PREF, PHUM, HR, BK 
SUBJECT:  HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA - 
-         REPORTED RAPES OF YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN 
- 
1.  A TWO-PAGE ARTICLE IN THE SEPT 25 EDITION OF THE 
ZAGREB WEEKLY "GLOBUS" REPORTS THAT A GROUP OF FORTY 
YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE MUSLIM-POPULATED TOWN OF BREZOVO 
POLJE, NORTH OF SARAJEVO, WERE BRUTALIZED AND 
REPEATEDLY RAPED IN MAY OF THIS YEAR BY SERBIAN 
SOLDIERS.  THE WOMEN, NINE OF WHOM ARE SHOWN IN A 
GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH THEIR MOTHERS AND SEVERAL OF 
THE MOST HEAVILY QUOTED OF WHOM ARE SHOWN IN 
INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS, ARE NOW IN A DISPLACED PERSONS 
CAMP IN TUZLA.  THERE A "GLOBUS" JOURNALIST 
INTERVIEWED THEM, ALONG WITH DR. MELIKA KREITMAYER, 
IDENTIFIED AS THE HEAD OF A GROUP OF GYNECOLOGISTS 
SENT BY THE UN TO B-H TO INVESTIGATE REPORTED CASES 
OF "BODILY ATTACKS" ON THE PART OF SERBS. 
 
NAMES, DATES, PLACES, AND OTHER SPECIFICS -- 
INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS OF QUOTED VICTIMS -- TO APPEAR 
CREDIBLE.  ALLEGATIONS OF MASS RAPES BY SERBIAN 
SOLDIERS IN B-H ARE NOT NEW, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST 
SUCH STORY WE HAVE SEEN WITH SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED 
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AND QUOTED VICTIMS. 
 
NEITZKE 
 
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