This secondary mass grave is located in the village of Вljeceva, some 11 kilometres from the town of Srebrenica. Three mass graves were discovered in the same area by the Bosnian Federal Commission on Missing Persons; all of them are secondary mass graves.
The gravesite was approximately 22 metres long, 4 metres in width and 4 metres in depth at the deepest end. The remains of 313 individuals were recovered from the grave, and approximately 80 of them were contained in black Yugoslav People’s Army body bags. All of the victims were wearing civilian clothing.
An investigation by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia concluded that Bljeceva 1 is a ‘mixed’ grave, meaning that it contained victims of the Srebrenica genocide and people who were murdered in 1992 in the town of Bratunac. Forty-seven of those who were identified were killed in July 1995, and more than 90 were killed in 1992, the ICTY said.
The remains that were found, DNA samples and other evidence, including soil and pollen samples, as well as shell casings in mass graves and at execution sites, proved the connection between this secondary grave and a primary mass grave at Glogova and secondary graves at Zeleni Jadar.
The gravesite is marked with a memorial plaque and the names of the victims are listed on a house next to the site.
The International Commission on Missing Persons confirmed that some of the remains found in the Bljeceva mass grave were victims shot at a farm in Kravica, where on July 13, 1995, Bosnian Serb soldiers executed 1,313 Bosniak men from Srebrenica. Automatic weapons, hand grenades, and other weapons were used to kill the men inside the warehouse.
So far, the ICTY and domestic courts in the Balkans have sentenced a total of 47 people to more than 700 years in prison, plus five life sentences, for Srebrenica crimes.