"Deportation is a dark stain on the cheek of the knightly Montenegro"

"The wounds of refugees - civilian victims are also our wounds, of every individual who thinks well of himself and others, but also of his descendants and the country," said the president of the Executive Board of the Bosniak Council in Montenegro, Mirsad Rastoder.

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Photo: Bosniak council in Montenegro
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Deportation is a dark stain on the face of chivalrous Montenegro, and the wounds of refugees - civilian victims are also our wounds, of every individual who thinks well of himself and others, but also of his offspring and the country, said the president of the Executive Board of the Bosniak Council in Montenegro, Mirsad Rastoder. today in Herceg Novi.

With the memorial laying of flowers in front of the police building in Herceg Novi, today marked the 32nd year since the war crime of deportation of Bosnian-Herzegovinian refugees in 1992. The rally was organized by Action for Human Rights (HRA), Center for Civic Education (CGO) and ANIME - Center for Peace and Women's Education, and was attended by family members of one of the victims of the crime, officials from the Government, representatives of the Bosniak Council, non-governmental organizations of Bosniak and other parties, the Islamic community, the media and citizens.

Rastoder and Admir Adrović attended the commemoration on behalf of the Bosniak Council.

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photo: Bosniak council in Montenegro

Rastoder said that the Bosniak Council insists on establishing the truth, responsibility and justice for victims of crime.

"I am calling on the great artists who gave Herceg Novi its soul in the previous century and raised it to the height of a city that people like to visit, to help the people of Novi to find that line, a thin line, between good and evil and find the strength to find a monument in their city for the civilian victims of deportation. I testify with my wrinkles that it is not easy to awaken the sleeping conscience of our society, but the least we can do is to establish a day of remembrance, to erect a monument, for the state authorities to do the right thing, to personalize this investigation, accusation and responsibility, to basic information about war crimes can be found in textbooks, so that our children do not leave school uninformed," said Rastoder, as announced by the Bosniak Council.

memorial deportation
photo: Bosniak council in Montenegro

"We do not impose collective guilt on anyone, on the contrary! We are only asking for judicial determination of the truth, responsibility and justice for the victims of crime, who are part of the immense suffering from the genocidal policy of the nineties. That is why we appeal, find that saving line between good and evil. Do not listen to the manipulators who wrap themselves in a "national shirt" in order to elevate themselves to the throne of the mythomaniac martyr of lies and deception. Deportation is a dark stain on the cheek of chivalrous Montenegro, and the wounds of refugees - civilian victims are also our wounds, of every individual who thinks well of himself and others. but also to his posterity and the country," Rastoder added, and said:

"It is an indisputable fact that in the spring of 1992, the crime of deportation was committed in which at least 66 Bosniak refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina died, and according to unofficial data, over a hundred civilians aged 18 to 66, who fled to Montenegro from the war in According to the available official documentation, this crime was committed by the Montenegrin police on the order of Belgrade. to the concentration camp of the KPD Foča, and on May 25 to an unspecified location in eastern BiH. All Bosniaks deported by bus on May 27, 27 were probably killed on the same day, and their bodies were thrown into the Drina river.

He says that the number of victims "would certainly be even higher if there were no good people who hid Bosnian refugees", that they should be found and glorified and "remember the names of those who saved people, not those who committed crimes".

The Bosniak Council, as he said, warns that even after 32 years this war crime against civilians has not received a judicial epilogue in Montenegro and calls on "Renovation and representatives of state institutions to join the initiatives to fulfill civilizational demands that have been known for a long time."

"Let the hunch help you in this, that today's commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of the deportation would probably be attended by all the past greats of art - at the invitation of Zuk Dzumhur," said Rastoder.

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