EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 63/17/94
25 July 1994
Further information on UA 278/94 (EUR 63/16/94, 19 July 1994) - Fear of
ill-treatment/Fear of deliberate and arbitrary killings
Bosnia-Herzegovina:Sulejman Skoki_, Kemal Skoki_, Halid Adanali_, Esad
Adanali_, Avdo Adanali_ - also (new names) Halid
Velagi_, Omer Alibegovi_ and other Muslims in
Serb-controlled areas of north-eastern
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Janja, Bijeljina and Br_ko).
Some 50 Muslim men from the town of Janja and the surrounding area were arrested
by the Bosnian Serb authorities on 15 July 1994. Among them were the men named
above. Amnesty International has since learned that Sulejman Skoki_, Halid
Velagi_ and Omer Alibegovi_, and possibly all the others, were forcibly sent
by the Bosnian Serb armed forces to the front line at Lopare, south of Br_ko,
to dig trenches or fight Bosnian Government forces. Halid Velagi_ and Omer
Alibegovi_ were subsequently wounded by an exploding grenade and taken to a
hospital in Bijeljina. Halid Velagi_ has since returned to Janja, but did not
know what had happened to Sulejman Skoki_.
Amnesty International has no further information about the fate of the men
Movement in and out of Janja is reportedly strictly controlled by the Bosnian
Serb authorities and no one may reach the town or leave it without the
Amnesty International has also received a report that a curfew is in force
in Janja and that those who break the curfew risk being arrested or killed.
According to the same report, Bosnian Serb military officials, accompanied
by Serb civilians, after having arrested and taken away Muslim men, have
allegedly been returning to these homes and raping the women.
Another report received by Amnesty International indicates that the forcible
expulsion of Muslims from Bijeljina may be continuing. On 24 July, buses with
dimmed windows were reportedly seen passing through Janja, apparently
travelling from Bijeljina to Zvornik. Local Muslims feared that they were
carrying Muslims who had been taken from their homes by force by the Bosnian
Serb authorities. On 24 July Sarajevo radio reportedly claimed that 54 Muslim
men had been killed in Bijeljina and that 36 women were also missing.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
- expressing deep concern about reports that on 15 July Bosnian Serb forces
arrested Muslim men from Bijeljina, Br_ko and Janja, including the above-named
men from Janja, some of whom have reportedly been sent to fight, against their
will, Bosnian Government forces;
- urging the immediate release of all those who have been detained and forcibly
mobilized against their will;
- expressing deep concern about recent allegations that Serb military officials,