Where is Avdo Palic?

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That's what Esma Palic has been asking since her husband went missing on 27 July 1995. And that's what Amnesty International Group 23 plans to find out.

Colonel Avdo Palic was the commander of Bosnian Government forces defending the United Nations-protected enclave of Zepa during the Bosnian war. In early July 1995, Srebrenica, another UN "safe area", had been overrun by Serb forces and 7,000 to 8,000 Bosniac men and boys had been killed in the worst massacre Europe had seen since World War II. When the Serbs laid siege to Zepa, Palic worked hard to save its inhabitants. Thanks partly to his efforts, some 5,000 civilians were evacuated safely. On 27 July, Palic went to the UN Protection Force compound in Zepa to negotiate with the Bosnian Serb Army the evacuation of the remaining inhabitants. He has not been seen since.

Avdo Palic is just one of an estimated 17,000 people who are still missing more than ten years after the end of the war. The "disappeared" come from all ethnic groups and walks of life. Some were soldiers, some were civilians. They included men, women and children.

Please help us find out what happened to Avdo Palic. His family deserves to know.

RS Palic Commission Report received by OHR, 21 April 2006

RS Government must act on Palic Commission, OHR says, 5 May 2006

AI statement about Avdo Palic, 13 July 2006

AI statement: Time for a full investigation into enforced disappearance of Avdo Palic, 23 August 2007


OHR press release: Palic remains located, 5 August 2009,

AI statement: A Beginning Toward Justice, 20 August 2009

Avdo Palic's funeral, 26 August 2009


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