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THE HAGUE – In a landmark report released Monday, the human-rights observer BjörkWatch accused Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk of playing “an instrumental role” in the execution of the Srebrenica Massacre, the 1995 mass-slaughter of Bosniak civilians that marked perhaps the single greatest atrocity of the Bosnian War.
Introducing the report, “Justice Denied: Björk and the Crimes of Srebrenica,” at a press conference at the Binnenhof, BjörkWatch Executive Director Jan Vrijmarkt-Anders declared Björk “principally culpable” in the mass-killing that helped to turn American public opinion decisively in favor of military intervention. “To say [Björk] orchestrated this despicable crime would not be an overstatement,” Vrijmarkt-Anders added.
The report traces the efforts of the innovative alternative-electronica artist to ensure the success of the anti-civilian operation, including moving up the planned date of the massacre to avoid scheduled United Nations peacekeeping reinforcements. The 473-page document notes that Björk even considered replacing Serbian general Ratko Mladić after doubting his commitment to the operation, widely regarded as “Europe’s last genocide.”
BjörkWatch found Björk, whose hit “It’s Oh So Quiet” reached fourth on the UK Singles Chart in 1995, to have directed tactical strikes against the city’s outnumbered Bosnian security forces in preparation for the systematic execution of the Muslim minority, for which she provided logistical control from the military headquarters of the Republika Srpska in Banja Luka.
Vrijmarkt-Anders was joined at the unveiling by International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who observed that the report presented “overwhelming evidence” of Björk’s “intimate knowledge” of the massacre’s planning and execution at virtually every stage. Bensouda pledged to employ “all available resources to arrest and convict” Björk after the conclusion of her popular Biophilia tour.
The report is merely the latest in a string of lurid allegations against the eccentric performer, including the instigation of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the orchestration of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, and the ongoing armament of Hezbollah.
In an audio statement released by her co-manager Michele Anthony, Björk responded to the allegations with an acute trill reflecting her eclectic multi-genre discography and hatred of Balkan minorities.