This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres that occurred in July 1995.
In July 1995 more than 8000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian war. It is known as the Srebrenica massacre or genocide. Bosnian Serbs, under the command of Ratko Mladic, perpetrated the killings. Secretary-General Kofi Annan later described this as the worst crimes on European soil since WWII.
Memorial Week 2020
High profile activities were planned for this week’s commemoration, including a larger version of the annual Peace March and a funeral event on 11th July 2020 at the Srebrenica Memorial Centre.
Heads of state and prime ministers from all countries who recognise that the events that took place in Srebrenica as genocide have been formally invited to the attend the commemoration.
The original plans were to include over ten thousand people participate in the Peace March in Potocari. Due to a recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Bosnia, plans have been scaled down in an attempt to distance the crowds. Plans for a live broadcast are in place to allow people to watch the activity from the safety of their own home.
A recent spike in Corona cases in the region have left many uncertain as measures put in place to protect people are subject to change at any time.
To date, 47 people have been sentenced to more than 700 years in prison by the Hague Tribunal for crimes committed in Srebrenica.
Remembering Srebrenica in the UK (link) is creating a virtual museum in memory of the 25th anniversary. They have been appealing to Bosnians from around the globe to contribute their stories, memories and pictures.
25 years after Srebrenica the world is becoming more and more desensitised to war crimes and mass killing. Not only do the stories from conflicts around the world not always make the news, but the perpetrators they are less likely to be brought to justice.