The mostly Muslim town was declared a "safe haven" in 1992 by the United Nations, whose peace-keepers disarmed it. In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces under General Ratko Mladic stormed the town. After he had patted boys on the head and handed out sweets in front of the television cameras, Mladic had the adult male population of the town put to death, about 7,000 in all.
The main task of the women's group, now based in Tuzla, is to find out what happened to the men after they were taken away, to speed up exhumation of mass graves and to lobby for Mladic and other UN-indicted war criminals to be brought before the International War Crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Yesterday it was announced that an American judge, Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, will take over as the tribunal president. Ms McDonald has advocated the institution of a permanent international criminal court.
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