Scotland's “Remembering Srebrenica” delegation arrives in Bosnia

NEWS 02.10.202316:18 0 komentara
David Hamilton

An international delegation of officials and activists, including Mark Muller, senior mediator at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, and David Hamilton, former head of the Police Federation of Scotland, arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mark Muller, founder of Beyond Borders, a Scottish non-profit organization dedicated to peace and international exchange, has led international missions throughout the Middle East and Africa. He is also the author of a number of books and reports on human rights and conflict-related issues. His commitment to preserving the memory of Srebrenica and the fight against hatred and intolerance is inspiring.

On the other hand, David Hamilton, a former volunteer and humanitarian, is today the head of the Police Federation of Scotland and a member of the Remembering Srebrenica organization. His passion for preserving the memory of Srebrenica and promoting tolerance is evident in his efforts.

At a time when we are faced with constant questioning and twisting of historical facts and truths, it is of great importance that organizations like the Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) work to raise awareness of the genocide in Srebrenica by organizing remembrance events like the one that will be held from the 2nd to the 4th of October.

Among the delegates are Linda Anderson, Catherine Maxwell Stewart, Khaldoun Kabbani and Lubna Kerr James McEarney. The visit to the Mothers of Srebrenica will take place on Wednesday, October 4, at the Potocari Memorial Center.

Genocide in Srebrenica

On July 11, 1995, the world witnessed a terrible event when Bosnian Serb forces, led by General Ratko Mladic, committed genocide against 8,372 men and boys, which has been called the greatest crime on European soil since World War II. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that it was genocide. In order to preserve the memory of this tragedy, in 2009 the European Parliament declared July 11 as the official day of remembrance for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide throughout the EU, which led to the establishment of the charity “Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland)” in 2016, dedicated to promoting peace, tolerance and international exchange, and drawing lessons from Srebrenica for a better, safer and more cohesive society.

Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) carries out a series of activities in order to achieve its goals, thus organizing commemorative events in honour of the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica. They also organize a program called “Lessons from Srebrenica” and enable delegates to learn lessons from the genocide and encourage social action in Scotland.

Remembering Srebrenica (Scotland) is supported financially by the Scottish Government's Equality Fund and the Gordon Cook Foundation, and over 100 Scots have visited Srebrenica as part of their ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ programme, sharing their experiences and encouraging the promotion of community cohesion.

Scotland thus joins many around the world in efforts to ensure that the memory of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide never fades and to learn from past tragedies in order to build a brighter future.