Publishing of books by Serb war criminals draws rebuke
BELGRADE, Serbia — A rights group Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the move amounted to open state support for the war criminals.
The ministry rejected the criticism in a statement, insisting that the generals have the right to “state their view of the historic events that they had participated in.”
Serbia’s defense ministry is presenting the two ex-generals’ war testimonies at the Belgrade Book Fair this week. The books are part of a sevenbook edition that focuses on the 78-day NATO bombing in 1999