Montenegro urged to settle ‘moral debt’ linked to wartime refugee deportations

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Three decades after the wartime deportation of Bosnian refugees from Montenegro, human activists are urging the country’s new government and special prosecutor to reopen the investigation and be more proactive on war crimes cases.

In the spring of 1992, when, during the bloody collapse of Yugoslavia, Montenegro largely responded to Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, at least 66 Bosniaks and some ethnic Serbs were illegally detained and taken to a police station. police in the Montenegrin coastal town of Herceg Novi, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, from where they were placed on buses on 25 and 27 May and deported to Bosnian Serb-controlled territory in Bosnia.

The first group ended up in a Serb-run detention camp in Foca, eastern Bosnia. Only a handful survived. The second group was taken to an unknown destination. All were killed but the remains of only a few were found. No one answered for the deportations.

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