Bosnia justice ignores rape victims, says watch dog

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It said the ICTY had "credible evidence" of the abduction and rape of young women that implicates the Lukic cousins, while other groups had testimonies of victims who allege rape by paramilitaries under Milan Lukic's command.

London -- Amnesty International welcomed the war crimes conviction of two cousins in the wartime Bosnian Serb paramilitary last week but warned the UN court that tried them is ignoring victims of sexual violence.

Milan and Sredoje Lukic were jailed for 30 years by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday for killing Muslims in a way that exemplified "the worst acts of inhumanity".

Amnesty said the conviction "brings justice for the killing of scores of people during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina but ignores the suffering of victims of sexual violence."

It "deeply regrets that the prosecutor failed to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity of sexual violence, including rape, that were alleged to have been committed and that no one has been charged by the Tribunal for these crimes," the London-based rights organisation said.

It said the ICTY had "credible evidence" of the abduction and rape of young women that implicates the Lukic cousins, while other groups had testimonies of victims who allege rape by paramilitaries under Milan Lukic's command.

"The raped women of Visegrad deserve justice too. Those responsible for these crimes should also be held to account," said Nicola Duckworth, director of Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia programme.

"Over a decade after the war, these women are forced to live with the memories of their suffering without being able to receive acknowledgement and compensation."

Milan Lukic, 41, was allegedly a founding member of the group known as the White Eagles, or Avengers, that worked with police and military units between 1992 and 1994 to terrorise Muslim communities.

His cousin Sredoje, 48, joined the group later.

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