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July 17, 2015

20 years after: Remembering Srebrenica

type: Donation, Volunteering
by: Deniz Zehra Tavli

During the Balkans conflict of 1992-1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was declared a "UN Safe Area" in 1993, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force.

In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act”.

In the days following Srebrenica’s fall, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported and a large number of women were raped. It was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War (!).

The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled that the mass execution of Bosniak men and boys in Srebrenica constituted genocide.

Remembering Srebrenica is an initiative with the aim to encourage everyone in society to learn about the consequences of hate and discrimination. They organize events commemorating the genocide of Srebrenica by working with local organisations in different cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom.

Support this more than necessary project by donating, volunteering or organizing a memorial event and help future generations to be informed and fight against blind, racially motivated violence!