Expert: NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia bears the marks of ecocide

24.03.2021, Moscow.

NATO member countries used munitions banned by international conventions during the bombing of Yugoslavia which still threatens the lives of local citizens, president of the All-Russian Association of Employers in the field of environmental protection and expert on environmental rights of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Elena Yesina wrote in an article published by Rossa Primavera News Agency on March 24.

Yesina noted that the aggression of NATO countries against Yugoslavia, which began on March 24, 1999, led to a humanitarian disaster unprecedented in contemporary Europe. As a result of the military actions hundreds of Yugoslav citizens were injured and killed, more than 700,000 residents of the country became refugees.

The use of depleted uranium ammunition by the NATO member countries still poses a threat to the environment and human lives. The total amount of depleted uranium munitions dropped on Yugoslavia was about 11.3 tons. “As far as the international legal aspect of environmental protection is concerned, the bombing of Yugoslavia bear the marks of ecocide,” the expert wrote.

In January 2021, the first of five lawsuits demanding the NATO alliance to compensate Serbian citizens who suffered from bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 was filed in Belgrade’s highest court. The compensation indicated in the lawsuit should amount to €300 thousand. However, experts doubt that the alliance will admit its guilt.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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