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First name:  Amir

Last name:  Begic

  • Gender:  Male
  • Media outlet:  Bosnia-Herzogovina TV
  • Type of media:  TV
  • Born:  Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Died:  12 Dec 1993 Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • War zone:  yes
  • Impunity: total

Killed by a sniper in Sarajevo on his way to the studios of TV Bosnia-Herzogovina. Four other TV crew members were wounded.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - War in Bosnia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Serb, Croat and Bosniak communities were at war with other between 6 April 1992 and 14 September 1995. Fighting began with the Serb bombing of Sarajevo the day after Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia The Bosnian Serb army eventually seized the main Serb-inhabited towns and areas and conducted "ethnic cleansing." After the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak refugees by Serbian paramilitaries in Srebrenica, NATO forces attacked the Bosnian Serb militias and the Bosniak and Croat forces regained a large amount of territory. The 14 December 1995 Dayton Agreement signed by President Alija Izetbegović (Bosnia), Franjo Tudjman (Croatia) and Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia) ended the war. Bosnia-Herzegovina became a confederation of the Bozniak-Croat Federation (51% of the territory, 70% of the population) and the Bosnian Serb Republic (49% of the territory and 25% of the population).

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - Independence
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia after a referendum in February-March 1992 boycotted by most Bosnian Serbs. Most Serbs wanted to stay in a Yugoslav federation, most Bosniaks favoured independence and the Bosnia Croats wanted to become part of Croatia. Tension increased and war broke out on 6 April when the Serbs bombed Sarajevo.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina - Siege of Sarajevo
  • Serbian paramilitaries besieged Bosnia-Herzegovina forces in Sarajevo from 5 April 1992, after Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia, until 29 February 1996. About 12,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded in shelling that also seriously damaged the city’s infrastructure, including civil buildings and cultural monuments.

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