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Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada

Call for Marko Pavic’s Removal from Office

Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada
Published: January 26, 2010  

Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zeljko Komsic
Nebojsa Radmanovic
Dr. Haris Silajdzic

Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Minister of Justice Barisa Colak

Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
President Judge Kreso Medzida

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Chief Prosecutor Milorad Barasanin

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Patrick L. Robinson, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

European Court for Human Rights
Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights

Bosniak Academic Circle, Bosniak Academic Forum together with the Canadian Institute for Genocide Research and Bosnian American Genocide Institute, and Education Center request the removal of Marko Pavic from all political, economic and other positions in the Prijedor municipality and the smaller entity unit. The acting organizations also request formal charges to be filed against Mr. Pavic for planning and executing war crimes, crimes against peace, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, particularly against Bosniaks in Prijedor during the period of 1992 through 1995. Furthermore, his involvement in various economic crimes must not be overlooked.

Taking into consideration the proximity of the Prijedor region to Croatia, the creators and aggressors of genocide considered this region very important. Secret service lobby and Serbian agencies played an executive role in preparing and organizing the crimes. All the subjects, their logistical organization and their implementation, were under direct supervision and control of Mr. Marko Pavic. This makes him the main initiator and organizer of the gravest crimes of genocide against humanity and civil society in Prijedor in the period following WWII.

The military and political elites in Belgrade created the plans of ethnic cleansing of Prijedor prior to the start of the Bosnian War. Those were known as the plans “RAM1″ and “RAM2.” This complex undertaking was coordinated and led by the most capable member of the state and military intelligence services. The operation lasted from April until September of 1992, and during this time drastic measures were taken against Bosniaks. Some of these measures included torture, liquidations, incarcerations, concentration and extermination camps, mass liquidations, rape and other inhumane actions. These actions were coordinated and supervised by a team headed by Marko Pavic. Emergency management team implemented the operations; however the actual ‘boss’ was Marko Pavic. He personally coordinated members of the reserve forces, tactical forces of the state and military security force. Through paramilitary formation he further organized members of the police, who were the main actors in carrying out ethnic cleansing and genocide, while these military units were controlled by the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS). SDS provided these units with complete military support in shelling Bosnian civilian quarters.

The budget under Marko Pavic’s supervision in Prijedor municipality had an additional function of serving the needs of the political party: the Democratic People’s Union of Republika Srpska. The functioning of this party was dependent on the Ministry of Traffic because the head of the Ministry of Traffic was Marko Pavic. Prijedor municipality’s dealings, in areas such as the Department for City Development, are marked with clear signs of organized crime and money laundering covered by Marko Pavic. There is a visible set of dealings carried out for the most part by the Department for City Development and through “authorized contractors.” Works of Marko Pavic and the Department for City Development that he guided were the main pillars for the creation of illegal funds and abuses which are omnipresent in the government of Republika Srpska.

Starting with the premise that Marko Pavic was the most important asset of the state (Republika Srpska) and the military intelligence services, this makes him the main coordinator of all activities regarding creation, planning, and implementing the crimes of genocide and all other forms of torture. Bosniak Academic Circle and Bosniak Academic Forum together with the Canadian Institute for Genocide and the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center represent the victims who survived the above mentioned crimes in Prijedor municipality. For that reason we request that Marko Pavic be removed from all political and economic positions. Moreover we request a formal criminal charge for his responsibility in creating, planning, and executing the mentioned crimes of genocide in Prijedor.

Additionally, Bosniak Academic Circle, Bosniak Academic Forum, the Canadian Institute for Genocide and Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center further demand that all Pavic’s accomplices who gained their positions through their affiliation with the Democratic People’s Union are also released from their duties – since they are ingrained in the system of local government and still under Marko Pavic’s direct control.

The Bosniak Academic Circle
Amer Sabitovic

The Bosniak Academic Forum
Senad Hadziselimovic

Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center
Sanja Drnovsek

The Canada Institute for Genocide Research
Emir Ramic

Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada