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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Rana u dusi - a wound to the soul

, Index number: EUR 63/003/1993

This report focuses on human rights violations committed in the Bosnian Serb-controlled town of Bosanski Petrovac between June and September 1992. AI believes that it illustrates a pattern of deliberate and arbitrary killings, arbitrary detention, torture (including rape), forced labour, widespread destruction of Muslim mosques and houses and forced transfer of property. The pressure of these events caused the local Muslim population to negotiate their departure; despite having guarantees of safe passage and Serb drivers and escorts, the convoy of departing Muslims was fired upon, with up to five people killed. Also included are reports of refugees being attacked and robbed in October and November 1992 as they tried to cross Vlasic mountain.

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