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Dutch involvement[edit]


I was trying to educate myself on this Genocide from a Dutch perspective. I would like more information on the Dutch involvement. I'm Dutch and I didn't learn about this genocide in detail, just a small mention in the history book. I still don't know why we're in the wrong, only that we are. TreinRSN (talk) 06:06, 12 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

You might try reading the article. The Dutch forces which were supposedly protecting Srebrenica either retreated or surrendered. During the massacre, the "Dutchbat troops witnessed definite signs that the Serb soldiers were murdering some of the Bosniak men" but failed to react. Dimadick (talk) 06:46, 12 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Question about added words in quote[edit]

In the section "Starvation in Srebrenica 1992–1993," a Red Beret is quoted as saying

"The local people became quite indignant, so sometimes we would keep someone alive to hand over to them [to kill] just to keep them happy."

Why are the words "to kill" added in brackets? I could find no evidence in the original article that back up this clarification. Evanf32 (talk) 23:23, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

It is implied that the 'kept' prisoners are solely to satisfy the locals' blood lust " Because it was these same raiding parties out of Srebrenica that occasionally killed Serb civilians, Nenad and his comrades had a simple policy: “No prisoners. … … In fact, there was the occasional exception to this rule. With the Srpska soldiers’ no-prisoners policy, local Serbs who wanted revenge for the Bosnian soldiers’ raiding parties were being denied the opportunity. “The local people became quite indignant,” Nenad explained, “so sometimes we would keep someone alive to hand over to them just to keep them happy.”
I agree though that the quote isn't clearly summarised.Pincrete (talk) 05:24, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Are the locals in question Bosniaks or Serbs? Evanf32 (talk) 16:39, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
local Serbs who wanted revenge for the Bosnian soldiers’ raiding parties were being denied the opportunity. “Pincrete (talk) 17:39, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Denial Section[edit]

Has the whole denial section become a literal denial forefront? Are we just to list every single individual who says something in that favor? Or should it be a board where more prominent an individual is the more the denial becomes literal? I'm not seeing such a section in Rwandan genocide. Bilseric (talk) 00:10, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Bilseric, I'm not sure that I understand your point. Denial of Srebrenica has varied over time and extent. In the early days, before mass graves, and other proofs, were found for example there were more people questioning both the nature or scale of the massacre. Others have not or do not dispute mass killings, but for various reasons, sometimes 'technical', sometimes probably political, dispute the term 'genocide'. Comparisons with other events, such as Rwanda, aren't necessarily helpful if the events are different in character, or in how/when they have been 'denied' or 'downplayed'.Pincrete (talk) 06:08, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I've partially reinstated the April 2024 Yahel Vilan comments, correcting errors and removing off-topic elements, such as comparisons to Gaza, which aren't in the source or relevant. Pincrete (talk) 06:44, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
No, I wasn't trying to compare the evens with Rwanda, but articles. Do we really need to list everyone's statement who said something in denial of the genocide. I think it would be ok to generally mention denial of relevant parties. But to list every single individual who says something is just too much. Bilseric (talk) 14:06, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I see you have been long involved in the article, so I won't revert. Bilseric (talk) 14:10, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I value your view, and acknowledge the issues with the initial revision I made.
In the interview the subject makes direct parallels between Srebrenica and Gaza, a fact I thought relevant to the basis of the denial.
Unfortunately Wikipedia will not allow me to add the citation in which the subject makes the direct comparison to Gaza, as it comes from a source Wikipedia does not consider reliable by default. Whilst I would normally avoid such sources because of this unreliability, as they are quoting their exclusive interview with the subject directly I thought it sufficiently reliable.
Until I can discover a way of appropriately citing the interview that doesn’t come afoul of Wiki’s citing barriers I’ll leave your revision. Thundabru (talk) 15:10, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
But, why do you feel that quote is needed in the article? It's made by an individual who isn't much relevant in my opinion. Should we quote every individual? Wouldn't that make this section too long? Bilseric (talk) 16:03, 30 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I'm inclined to agree about the Gaza quote, since it is borderline off-topic. I don't understand your objection to the 'individuals', especially when these people hold official positions and therefore to a degree are speaking from a semi-official stance. What should we say in your opinion that represents the range and degree of denial? Pincrete (talk) 05:39, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I don't think he shared official opinion of Israel. I believe Israel's official stand is not in support of denial which this edit might imply. If I'm correct, then I would expect Israel (if they haven't done so yet) to officially denounce this opinion as individual and that should then accompany the initial edit in the article. This is what I meant by individual, that is, it not being an official stand of Israel. I haven't done much research to be honest, but I can't imagine that's a position of state of Israel. And If so, what is the relevance of this individual statement at all? Bilseric (talk) 10:00, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I agree that it is probably not an official Israeli state position, but it is a belief expressed by someone in an official role - "speaking from a semi-official stance". Pincrete (talk) 19:17, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
That is without doubt true. This individual had said that, I'm just not sure which interpretation that has for readers. My opinion is that this statement should be accompanied by the rebuttal from Israel's ministry of exterior. I'll try to find sources as I believe those should exist. This is because I've seen this statement being used by those who do actually deny the genocide in support of their stand. If that is one of the interpretation , a rebuttal would help to understand that denial is not widespread opinion in Israel nor an official stand. Bilseric (talk) 19:31, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
More important, this individual had said much more, that it is an official stand of Israel by saying "Israel has never accepted that the crime in Srebrenica be called genocide" [1] Bilseric (talk) 21:04, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I tied, but cannot find statement from ministry of exterior. Usually, when some ambassador says something that is not in line with official stand , the ministry issues a statement which often describes the ambassador's statement as "individual". I've seen it many times. It may be a good idea to give it some time until more sources are available. Bilseric (talk) 21:18, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I do still feel the whole section is becoming too long. Bilseric (talk) 21:19, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Srebrenica genocide[edit]

I suggest that we rename this article to "Srebrenica Genocide" now that the UN has issued its resolution on the matter today, designating July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica. Njamu (talk) 20:35, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Agreed (talk) 00:17, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I Agree with that. To retain a current title name would be in a way denial of genocide act in Srebrenica.
Article titles are based on WP:COMMONNAME, that is the name the reader is most likely to use. What courts say or what the UN says is recorded within the article, but has no bearing on the title chosen. The last time this issue came up, which if I remember correctly was about 5 or so years ago, it was deemed that 'massacre' was still more common than 'genocide' among the public. I think there are various reasons for that, including that various names had established themselves long before any 'genocide' rulings were made, so those names tended to stick. But the reasons for common use are academic from our PoV, Holodomor and Holocaust are the common names of two historic events, not 'Ukranian genocide of the 1920s' or 'Jewish genocide during WWII'.
I've never understand the logic that 'massacre' is somehow denying or minimising anything, 'massacre' is mass murder, 'genocide' is mass murder with a particular intent, in this instance the intent to eliminate an ethnic group within a specific region, and making their re-establishment in that region unviable (this was the essence of the court ruling on Srebrenica), to call it 'denial' is effectively saying "mass murder is OK as long as you don't do it with intent to destroy the 'race' in that area".
I'm not going to voice an opinion at this stage about renaming, it's possible that the pendulum has now swung towards 'genocide' being the more normal name, but I'm not sure, but I thought it useful to explain the logic of this - and other - article names. There is a procedure for renaming an article, which I suggest you employ if you wish to rename. In order for such a renaming to happen, it's important that the new name have widespread support, as the present one has previously had.Pincrete (talk) 04:09, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Njamu Agree X8001iaakklllll (talk) 07:59, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hello. The UN only confirmed what was already obvious. The article's title does not change the status of this event. As Pincrete pointed out, massacre and genocide are not mutually exclusive here. Both terms accurately describe the event. Wikipedia's article titles are based on the majority of English-language sources. I see no evidence that this event is currently more commonly called "Srebrenica genocide." If that changes in the future, the article's title will be updated too. StephenMacky1 (talk) 13:24, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Agree Per the UN resolution adopted yesterday. --Λeternus (talk) 13:46, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]