The ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ charity announced that the United Kingdom will mark the 27th anniversary of Srebrenica Memorial Day on 13th July at a memorial reception by Her Majesty’s Government hosted by the Minister of State of the United Kingdom at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Pročitaj više
The event is organised by the UK-based charity Remembering Srebrenica, which also organised a Srebrenica Memorial Parliamentary Reception that will be hosted by the Speaker of the UK Parliament, the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP in the State Rooms at the House of Commons on July 12.
The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, as well as Srebrenica genocide survivor and director of the Srebrenica Memorial Center, Emir Suljagic, are expected to speak at these two events.
Alongside these high profiled memorial events Remembering Srebrenica’s eleven boards and 1,450 Community Champions will be holding around 1,000 Srebrenica memorial activities in schools, town halls, police stations, mosques, synagogues, churches and community centres across different cities and towns throughout the country during UK’s Memorial Week from 4th until 11th July making the UK the largest commemorator in the world of local Srebrenica memorial activities,” the organisation said.
It said that each year, Remembering Srebrenica UK selects a theme that “not only reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated but also speaks to communities in the UK.”
The theme for 2022 is ‘Combatting Denial: Challenging Hatred’.
“Denial is the final stage of the ten steps to genocide and is now being used to break up the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik who is seeking support from Russia is driven by an ideology of uniting the “Serb world” – an idea alarmingly similar to former President Slobodan Milosevic’s “Greater Serbia” which underpinned the Bosnian Serb campaign of the 1990s that culminated in the planned, systematic and industrialised murder of just under 100,000 Muslims, displacement of two million people and the genocidal rape of up to 50,000 women simply because of their identity,” said the Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, Dr Waqar Azmi.
“The horrific scenes from Ukraine and denial of innocent civilians being subjected to war crimes at the hands of the Russian Army shows that we cannot be bystanders and, therefore, this year’s twin-aimed theme seeks to shine a light on the importance of combatting denial and the need to confront the hatred behind the denial as well as encourage people to recognise the important role that they can play in combating denial to help build safer, stronger communities for all”, he explained.