“Ethnic Cleansing” Continues in Northern Bosnia

In July 1994, the campaign to expel non-Serbs from Bosnian Serb-held areas of northern Bosnia accelerated. Most of those being displaced came from the northwestern and northeastern parts of the country. The “ethnic cleansing” that took place in those regions is different from that which characterized “ethnic cleansing” at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992, for there is no war being waged. The systematic persecution of Muslims, Croats, Romas (Gypsies) and others has taken place in areas that have long been under absolute Bosnian Serb control; indeed, the sweeping institutional nature of the "cleansing" would not be possible without such control.