Srebrenica Memorial Week

Published: Friday, 1 July 2022

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A message from Councillor John Boyce, Leader of Oadby & Wigston Borough Council.

This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week is taking place from Monday 4 – Monday 11 July.

To mark the occasion on Monday 4 July Oadby & Wigston Borough Council will raise the Srebrenica memorial flag and hold a one-minute’s silence at 11am. The council offices will also be lit up with the colours of the memorial flag.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, in which over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in one of the worst atrocities on European soil since the Second World War.

The lessons from Srebrenica are that hatred and intolerance can flourish if left unchallenged which underlines the importance of why we must never forget about the tragic events that took place and remain resolute in our commitment to tackling hatred, intolerance, prejudice and discrimination in all forms.

The Srebrenica Memorial Day theme for 2022 is ‘Combatting Denial: Confronting Hatred’. Despite the unequivocal fact that genocide was committed, denial of the Srebrenica genocide as well as the crimes against humanity committed across Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 to 1995 remains prevalent.

We therefore remember and honour the memory of the victims and pledge to work towards building a more cohesive, stronger and safer society free from hatred, discrimination and prejudice.

By confronting this dark chapter of history, we can reaffirm our commitment to tackling prejudice and discrimination and remind ourselves of the need to strengthen our resolve so that “never again” is truly meant.