Bljeceva 3 is a secondary mass grave and one of three gravesites discovered in the village of Bljeceva, some 11 kilometres from the town of Srebrenica. The site was exhumed in 2004 by the Bosnian Federal Commission on Missing Persons and the remains of 65 individuals were found. An investigation by the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, ICTY concluded that the remains belonged to Bosniaks from SRebrenica who were killed in July 1995.
The gravesite is located between the main village road and a small mountain lane. It is a few metres away from the Bljeceva 1 and 2 mass graves. The gravesite remains unmarked, with the names of the victims listed on a house next to the Bljeceva 1 and 2 mass graves.
An examination of the soil and the condition of the remains, which were almost entirely a mixture of body parts and skeletal elements, indicated that this was a secondary mass grave.
The ICTY’s investigation decided that the Bljeceva 3 site was a secondary mass grave connected with primary mass graves in Glogova, and that the remains belonged mostly to the victims of a massacre of Bosniaks from Srebrenica in a farm warehouse in Kravica.
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.