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Unquiet Memories at Srebrenica

Images reflect unresolved issues around an undisputed massacre.
By IWPR
  • A mourner at the Potocari cemetary near Srebrenica, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
    A mourner at the Potocari cemetary near Srebrenica, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
  • Burial of 520 recently-identified bodies at Srebrenica, July 11, 2012. (Photo: Caroline Hopper)
    Burial of 520 recently-identified bodies at Srebrenica, July 11, 2012. (Photo: Caroline Hopper)
  • Rally in Banja Luka in May 2011 to protest against the arrest of General Mladic. (Photo: RFE/RL)
    Rally in Banja Luka in May 2011 to protest against the arrest of General Mladic. (Photo: RFE/RL)
  • Burial of 520 recently-identified bodies at Srebrenica, July 11, 2012. (Photo: Caroline Hopper)
    Burial of 520 recently-identified bodies at Srebrenica, July 11, 2012. (Photo: Caroline Hopper)
  • An exhumation site at Srebrenica (Photo: ICTY)
    An exhumation site at Srebrenica (Photo: ICTY)
  • Children sit on a concrete block outside the former base of the Dutch peacekeepers at Srebrenica, following the mass funeral of 613 victims. July 11, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    Children sit on a concrete block outside the former base of the Dutch peacekeepers at Srebrenica, following the mass funeral of 613 victims. July 11, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • Roses placed on a coffin among 136 coffins of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in the hall at the Potocari cemetery and memorial near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
    Roses placed on a coffin among 136 coffins of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in the hall at the Potocari cemetery and memorial near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
  • Women pray at the Potocari memorial centre near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015 (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
    Women pray at the Potocari memorial centre near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015 (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
  • Relatives of Srebrenica victims mourn in front of one of the 610 coffins containing the remains of their family members at the Srebrenica memorial site July 10, 2005. (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
    Relatives of Srebrenica victims mourn in front of one of the 610 coffins containing the remains of their family members at the Srebrenica memorial site July 10, 2005. (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
  • Volunteers carry coffins in the Potocari cemetery and memorial site near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
    Volunteers carry coffins in the Potocari cemetery and memorial site near Srebrenica on July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
  • A woman weeps over one of a set of 613 coffins. July 10, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    A woman weeps over one of a set of 613 coffins. July 10, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A woman lays ceramic bones as part of "The One Million Bones" project. Potocari, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
    A woman lays ceramic bones as part of "The One Million Bones" project. Potocari, July 9, 2015. (Photo: Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
  • International Commission on Missing Persons forensic archaeologist Renee Kosalka  working on an excavation site at the Budak mass grave in the Srebrenica area. July 12, 2005. (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
    International Commission on Missing Persons forensic archaeologist Renee Kosalka working on an excavation site at the Budak mass grave in the Srebrenica area. July 12, 2005. (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
  • Pro-Mladic rally in Belgrade following his arrest after 16 years on the run.  May 29, 2011. (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
    Pro-Mladic rally in Belgrade following his arrest after 16 years on the run. May 29, 2011. (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
  • Visitors walk past a memorial listing the thousands of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.  July 9, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    Visitors walk past a memorial listing the thousands of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. July 9, 2011. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Srebrenica massacre took place 20 years ago, in July 1995. But despite trials in The Hague that produced unequivocal evidence of the planned, deliberate elimination of men and boys from the enclave, there are still those who dispute the basic facts.

Only this week, Russia blocked a United Nation Security Council resolution defining the killings as genocide, as established at the Hague tribunal. In Bosnia, the divide on the issue matches the political divisions between Serb and Bosniak/Croat administrations established by the 1995 Dayton agreement.

These pictures show the burial ceremonies that take place annually at Srebrenica as more human remains are identified and given names, and other reminders of the unresolved issues left behind by an attempt to wipe out a town.