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The Srebrenica Debate was held in the TropenTheatre in Amsterdam in commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide, which was the July 1995 massacre of more than 8000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica  during the Bosnian War. Below we have conveniently segmented the 2hr+ debate in topical clips. The debate was convened by Docs4thought and Cineblend with the financial support of the Vfonds.


Debating format

Docs4thought is a debating format that uses documentary fragments to inspire and charge a debate led by a participating moderator. The fragments used are available on DocsOnline and shown below.


Back Story

Although in April 1993 the United Nations (UN) had declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica a "safe area" under UN protection, a Dutch batalion of UNPROFOR soldiers did not prevent the town capture by the VRS - nor the subsequent massacre. In the Netherlands, the Srebrenica genocide is regarded as a black chapter in its history, and therefore commemorated regularly in debates and other official events.  


The Mindset of Genocide

Fragment 1

This fragment is taken from the chilling documentary Anatomy of Evil. For his investigating film essay, the Danish director Ove Nyholm researched human evil and looked for an answer to questions like these: what are a mass murderer's motivations in a situation of war? And after the genocide, how does he manage to return to life as usual, as if nothing happened? 

Fragment 2

Truth is the first casualty of war, it is said. In the documentary the Milosovic Trials, director Jos de Putter tries to reconstruct the stories that define our perception of the war in former Yugoslavia and discovers that there is frequent manipulation by all parties involved. Jos de Putter was also one of the guests at the Srebrenica Debate. His film, The Milosovic Trials, is considered a controversial film, as is illustrated by the audience's fierce reaction to the fragments selected by Jos de Putter in support of his arguments. 


Who was the Butcher of the Balkan?

Chronologic Analysis of Srebrenica Massacre 


About TRT

The timeline is from TRT World which is a Turkish international news channel broadcast 24-hours per day in English. The news channel is based in Istanbul. It provides worldwide news and current affairs with a pronounced emphasis on news relating to Turkey and Western Asia.


Timeline of Balkan war and Srebrenica Massacre