About the Bosnian-American Genocide Institute
The Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center (BAGI) is a newly established not-for profit charitable and educational organization. BAGI is dedicated to scientific research pertaining to the genocide of Bosniaks/ Bosnian Muslims and to educate others about the holocaust, genocide and other forms of crimes against humanity and international law.
The purpose of the mission is reconciliation by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.
The process of reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the common life of all its constituent peoples must begin from the truth about the acts of aggression by Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the genocidal policies which were created in Serbia and enforced in Bosnia, the truth about the genocide of Bosniaks (1992-1995) and conviction of its perpetrators in the Hague International Court of Justice.
Letter from the BAGI President
On behalf of the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center (BAGI), as well as on my own behalf, it is both an honors and a pleasure to extend to you my most sincere welcome! This website is committed to informing you of the relevant academic, social, and all other activities of the Institute, in a thorough and timely fashion.
The Institute makes up part of the Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law University of Sarajevo. As an academic institution, the Institute is dedicated to scientific research on crimes against humanity and international law. Specifically, our goal is to document and accurately illustrate all materials related to acts of Genocide. While demonstrating these facts we encourage and support academic and scientific dialogue on the matter based on democratic principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Our aspirations are moral and humanitarian in nature and we only differentiate between justice and injustice. The Institute experience and knowledge acquired in the area of studying the holocaust, genocide, and other forms of crimes against humanity and international law, constitute a relevant basis for profiling and leading all scientific, thus educational, current and future projects of the Institute, and its scientific-based activities. The Institute shall pay special attention to the education and further development of young scholars in the area of studying the holocaust, genocide, and other forms of crimes against humanity and international law.
We stand in solidarity for all genocide victims and assert that in order to prevent further genocides in the world, it is crucial that we take upon ourselves the responsibility to raise awareness by furthering understanding as well as condemning the atrocities inflicted on the Bosnian people in the 20th century.
Sanja Seferovic Drnovsek , J.D. and Ed.M
President of the Governing Board
Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center
Member of the Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission
Continuing the Fight for Truth and Justice in Bosnia
For the past several years, Philosophy Professor David Pettigrew has been researching and writing about the genocide that took place during the Bosnian War in the 1990s, focusing particularly on the widespread and systematic efforts to exclude Bosnian Muslims from their former homes. Through his writing, lectures and a film on which he collaborated with his son, Pettigrew has expressed his deep involvement in efforts to gain recognition of the atrocities that took place in Bosnia.
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Mladić Plaque in East Sarajevo: A Continuation of the Genocide
In June there were reports that a commemorative plaque honoring Ratko Mladić had been installed in the hills above Sarajevo. When I returned to Sarajevo from Srebrenica, where I had witnessed the 19th annual commemorative burials of the victims of the genocide on July 11, I made plans to locate the commemorative plaque. I had to see it, as one says, with my own eyes. The plaque is located, as is the park, on Vraca Hill, just above Grbavica. The plaque was installed in a wall that borders Vraca Memorial Park, a park that commemorates the citizens of Sarajevo who died during World War II.1 As one climbs by car on Derviša Numića Street above Grbavica, a road sign announces that one is leaving Sarajevo Canton, and another sign announces that one is entering the Town of East Sarajevo, which is located within Republika Srpska. The plaque is on the left side of the road, just another 50 meters further ahead.
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Open letter to Mr Lakshmi Mittal and ArcelorMittal S.A.
We are now writing you this letter as we find your partaking regarding the former concentration camp of Omarska unacceptable and completely immoral. As you will not respond to the pervious letters sent by our lawyers of the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from London , we find an open letter to be the only possible way to gain your attention.
(To read entire letter, please download attachment.)
Letter to President Meron regarding the ICTY's prosecution of Mr. Radovan Karadzic
Dear President Meron:
I am writing to you to express a grave concern about the ICTY’s prosecution of Mr. Radovan Karadžić, particularly regarding the removal ofVišegrad and other municipalities from the indictment.
(To read entire letter, please download attachment.)
A request for withdrawal of consent to perform the duties of Consul General of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Chicago and general consul of Serbia
The Honorable Vice President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. Vice President:
The Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center; Bosnian American Cultural Association; Brotherhood of Bosniak Genocide Survivors; Kozarac Association; Srebrenica Association; Bosnian Library, Chicago; BiH Club; Organization of Sarajevan’s in Chicago; Bosna TV, Radio “Our Word” in Chicago; Chicagoraja; United Bosnia; and Professor Dr. David Pettigrew with all Bosnian-Americans under these organizations, as well as all that signed the attached petition are requesting that the United States of America withdraw its permission for Mr. Branko Pecanac, General Consul of Bosnia and Herzegovina and for Mr. Nebojsa Acimovic, General Consul of Serbia to perform their duties in Chicago insofar as they have abused their positions by identifying with extreme Serbian ultra-nationalist forces in their presentations celebrating January 9th, - Serb Republic Day in Chicago, 2014.
(To read more, please see attachment).
Open Letter to Ambassador Samantha Power Regarding the Demolition of the House on Pionirska Street
Dear Madame Ambassador:
We are writing to express our gravest concern about the plans of the Višegrad municipality (in Republika Srpska) to destroy the Pionirska house, one of the houses in Višegrad where the Lukić cousins trapped approximately 60 innocent Bosniaks in the basement of the house and burned them alive. The municipality also plans to remove the term “genocide” from a memorial to the victims of the genocide that has been erected in the Muslim cemetery in Višegrad. The recent municipal order authorized these destructive actions to take place on December 24, 2013.
(To read more, please download attached letter).
December 08, 2013
Bosnian American Institute and Education Center ( BAGI), SAD, is writing to in regards to the upcoming showing of “Ravna Gora” at E Street Cinema, Washington D.C., on December 11, 2013.
We are very alarmed that the respectable E Street Cinema will be showing this particular series because it deems to revise historical facts and is being used to glorify the terrorist Chetnik movement.
(To read more, please download attachment).
In memory of the victims of the Omarska Concentration Camp
August 6, 2013
This wreath was laid today in behalf of BAGI (Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center, Chicago, IL) by Mirsad Causevic, an honorary member of BAGI. He returned today to Omarska for the first time since he was a prisoner there. Mirsad wrote the following reflections: "First time visiting concentration camp Omarska. Over 20 years ago I was a prisoner here, many did not survive."
THIS IS IN THEIR MEMORY!
THEY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
To the Memory of the Victims of the Prijedor Genocide
In memory of victims of the Aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina ('92-'95) and the genocide against Bosniaks in Prijedor, I placed flowers at the memorial plaque Keraterm Concentration Camp in Prijedor in my own name, on behalf of the Bosnian-American Institute for Research of Genocide and Education Center(BAGI), Institute for Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law of the Sarajevo University and the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada (IGC), on July 17 of the current year.
The aims of the visit Keraterm Concentration Camp are: commemoration of the victims of the Prijedor Genocide (2,082 victims have been found and indetified, but 1,200 Bosniak and Croatian victims are still being searched for), not to forget the place of suffering, to send a message that the crimes are not to be forgotten, and that all the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
(To read more, please download attachment).
To the Memory of the Victims of the Višegrad Genocide: May Truth Lead to Justice
I am placing a wreath today at the memorial in Stražište cemetery in solemn memory of the victims of the genocide in Višegrad. I am doing so in cooperation with the University of Sarajevo Institute for the Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law; the Institute for Research of Genocide, Canada; and the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center, Chicago, IL, USA. I thank them for their support. I am especially grateful to Prof. Dr. Smail Čekić for all his help with planning and arrangements.
To read more from Dr. David Pettigrew, click here.