May 08, 2013

Detainees of concentration camp Luka get memorial room

Yesterday, at the Port of Brčko, has been opened memorial room in which will be kept the memory on the 3,000 people who entered the concentration camp as prisoners since 1992. to 1995th. Many of them never came out.

It is the first memorial room in Bosnia and Herzegovina that was opened inside the facility where the prisoners were detained. The opening was organized by the Association of Detainees of the Brčko District. In the memorial room are exposed the photographs of detainees and newspaper articles about the concentration camp and everything related to it. There is also a memorial plaque that authorities do not allow to place it on outside wall of hangar because it is allegedly "politically incorrect", in it is mentioned aggression and that the camp formed the Serb war authorities. Outside is the second plaque, which is with its terminology much more "acceptable" for those who can not face with truth. It standing next to the one that talks about the Ustasha terror in WWII. However, the voices of detainees and those who are on their side no one could control.

Fadil Redžić , President of detainees from Brčko, crimes committed in Brčko characterized as genocide. He directly appointed creators of crimes who are still at large: Dragan Veselić, Milenko Vojinović, Petar Đokić, etc. Citizen of Brčko Nada Strepački in her speech especially insisted on the names of the creators of the crimes and accomplices in the crimes: "What, for example, Dragiša Tešić thinks when meet some of his 'respondents' from the concentration camp? "The people know that there are a lot of 'Dragiša' hiding culprits for the great atrocities,people know the culprits, but investigators in today Brčko not even start the accountability process. And... we do not know when it will!“

The audience also were adressed by the director of the NGO Gariwo Svetlana Broz. She drew attention to the case of Đoko Stevanović who is Serb who was killed at Luka camp along with his muslim friend Smail Ribić. Đoko tried to save Smail and was killed by people of his own ethnicity.

Džafer Deronjić and Šefik Hasanović, former prisoners at Luka camp, emphasized the importance of the testimonies because without the testimonies it will be continued daily encounters with the executioners.

A particular problem is a legal non-recognition of detainees and victims of torture as a specific category of what is said Jasmin Mešković, president of the Association of Detainees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but, as he said, the law on victims of torture at the state level should be adopted by the end of the year.

The opening was attended by over 100 people. In attendance were the detainees and their families.

Press NGO Gariwo

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