‘One Pair of Shoes, One Life’: Steps towards Accountability for Genocide in Srebrenica

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Title ‘One Pair of Shoes, One Life’: Steps towards Accountability for Genocide in Srebrenica
Author SIMIC, OLIVERA; Daly, Kathleen
Journal Name International Journal of Transitional Justice
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract On 15 July each year, Women in Black, an antimilitarist and feminist organization based in Belgrade, organize or participate in events in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to mark the anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica. In 2010, in collaboration with a number of artists, Women in Black blocked the main pedestrian mall in Belgrade and, under police protection, laid out about 500 pairs of shoes given to them by Serbian citizens. Each pair represented the life and death of a person killed in the massacre, and each carried a handwritten message from the person who gave it. We analyse the meaning and significance of this campaign as a civil society mechanism of accountability and moral reparations. Although criminal prosecutions for war crimes in the Balkans have been taking place for nearly two decades, they have not been able to address the conflicts and animosities that persist in the region. We argue that by participating in ‘One Pair of Shoes, One Life,’ Serbian citizens have begun to take steps towards publicly accepting responsibility for failing to prevent the crime of genocide perpetrated in their name.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijr020
Volume 5
Issue Number 3
Page from 477
Page to 491
ISSN 1752-7724
Date Accessioned 2011-10-11
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42330
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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