What remains of Srebrenica? Motherhood, Transitional Justice and Yearning for the Truth

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Title What remains of Srebrenica? Motherhood, Transitional Justice and Yearning for the Truth
Journal Name Journal of International Women's Studies
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Bridgewater State University
Abstract This article explores the role of the local non-governmental association ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ in the complex transitional justice processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The association gathers women who survived the Srebrenica genocide in July 1995 and creates an important public space for the crying out of their grievances and lobbing for their goals. The ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ also create a space for widows and displaced women to share their concerns and support each other. While the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ use the rhetoric of victimhood and motherhood whenever they speak out, I argue that they, in fact, challenge the notion of passive victims by the actions they have tirelessly undertaken over the last 13 years. With their resilience and activities, the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ have become known worldwide. Their existence and actions have generated a mixture of feelings: respect, regret and shame among not only those accountable for the crimes in Srebrenica, but also the wider international community. Yet, although ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ use a variety of approaches to address past atrocities, it appears that their emphasis is on punitive justice which, they believe, is the only means to bring the peace that they have long yearned to their souls.
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Alternative URI http://www.bridgew.edu/soas/jiws/May09/OliveraMothers.pdf
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Volume 10
Issue Number 4
Page from 220
Page to 236
ISSN 1539-8706
Date Accessioned 2011-01-17
Language en_US
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Human Rights Law
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37865
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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