This week marks 25 years since the genocide in Srebrenica where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim people were murdered.
On 11th July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces captured the town in Eastern Bosnia which had been declared a UN Safe Area. In the days following, more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered and buried in mass graves. Thousands of women, children and the elderly were forcibly deported.
As an organisation we believe that we must never forget about the genocide, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing up against hatred and prejudice.
Srebrenica Memorial Week is an important anniversary that allows us to honour the victims and survivors of not just the genocide in Srebrenica, but all genocides.
It’s really important that we teach current and future generations about the consequences of hatred and intolerance in all communities so that we can build a more cohesive, stronger and safer society free from hatred, discrimination and prejudice.
This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Day Theme “Every Action Matters” seeks to encourage every person to reflect upon their own behaviour and choices that they make, and demonstrate that however insignificant it may seem, every action matters. It aims to show that those who stand up can make a difference. It sets out to dispel the notion that one person cannot make a difference and show that the action of one individual does matter and that they can achieve a great deal, however small their action may appear initially.