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Portsmouth to mark the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide

Posted: Jul 4, 2022 5:19 PM
This Friday (July 8), those who lost their lives in the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, will be remembered at a memorial service outside Portsmouth’s municipal offices.

During the service, the flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the remembrance of Srebrenica will be flown in Guildhall Square.

The Srebrenica genocide in July 1995 saw over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys killed, and thousands of women, children and the elderly forcibly evicted. It has been described by the United Nations as the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Each year, Srebrenica Memorial Day commemorates the victims, honors the survivors and aims to help build a better, safer and more tolerant society.

Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, President of Remembering Srebrenica, said: “We are proud that our country is the largest commemorator of Srebrenica memorial activities in the world, and that during UK Srebrenica Memorial Week which runs from July 4-11, over a thousand activities will take place across the country in town halls, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centers and workplaces. We hope that Remembering Srebrenica’s 2022 theme “Fighting Denial: Challenging Hate” will not only seek to bring people together to learn from the past to create stronger and more inclusive communities, but also to inspire future generations to take action to combat denial. and challenge hatred and intolerance”.

Councilor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, comments: “By raising the Bosnia and Herzegovina and Srebrenica remembrance flags in Portsmouth, we remembered those who died and survived the events of July 1995. The atrocities in Srebrenica are stark reminders of why we must all work together to build tolerant and welcoming communities, where people of different backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities can live in peace as neighbours.”

The public is invited to join in the memorial service, which will begin at 11 a.m. in Guildhall Square on July 8.

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