STATEMENT

7th July 2020

Remembering Srebrenica 25 Years On

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the most greusome tragedy to occur within Europe since the Second World War. Over 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys were slaughtered due to their faith, by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska. 

Of the mass graves that were made, new remains are still being found to this day, and on the 11th of July every year, an honorary burial is held at Potocari Memorial Centre in Srebrenica. 

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said, “Events like these, where atrocities are committed against individuals based on their identities, show that genocide is not a singular event but one that is a result of unaddressed hatred and discrimination. Our communities must come together to work against and prevent hateful ideologies and rhetoric in our society, so that no individuals are subject to harm based on their identities. Every word and action we engage in contributes to the greater political and social environment, positively or negatively.”

@SrebrenicaUK is hosting a number of events this week across their social media, in order to educate on the Bosnian genocide and reflect on what we can do moving forward. The list of events is highlighted below:

 

July 5th at 5pm – “In Conversation With: Jasmin Jusufovic, genocide survivor and writer” – On Twitter and Facebook

July 6th at 2pm – Virtual Exhibition Unveiling: “Remnants of Genocide”

July 8th at 12pm – Virtual Srebrenica Museum Unveiling ; in collaboration with Al Jazeera

July 8th at 6pm – “Lessons for the Future: How We Combat Genocide Denial” – On Facebook. Email [email protected] to register for this webinar.

July 9th at 5pm – “In Conversation With: Nedzad Avdic, genocide survivor” – On Twitter and Facebook

On Saturday the 11th of July, they will be hosting a UK National Srebrenica Memorial Day Commemoration online on the Remembering Srebrenica Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Accounts. 

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Notes to Editors: 

1.The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

2. For further information please contact:

The Muslim Council of Britain

PO Box 57330

London

E1 2WJ

Tel: 0845 26 26 786

Fax: 0207 247 7079

[email protected]