11th July is Srebrenica Memorial Day.
27 years ago today, Serb forces overran the town of Srebrenica & murdered 8,372 Muslim men & boys over the coming days in an act of genocide.
The theme for 2022 is ‘Combatting Denial: Challenging Hatred’.
Described by the United Nations as the ‘worst crime on European soil since the Second World War’, the killings at Srebrenica have been classified as genocide by both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia.
Despite this unequivocal fact, denial of the Srebrenica genocide as well as the crimes against humanity committed across Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 to 1995 remains prevalent amongst individuals and institutions at the highest levels, including the Mayor of Srebrenica, the current political leadership of Republika Srpska and Serbia as well as Russia which vetoed a UN resolution in 2015 to condemn the killings at Srebrenica as a genocide.