24 years since the Srebrenica genocide

24 years since the Srebrenica genocide

Bosnia and Herzegovina marked on Thursday the 24th anniversary of events in and around the city of Srebrenica, which international courts defined as genocide, but many politicians, mainly Serbs are saying that it was an “unfortunate crime”.

BiH Presidency Member Šefik Džaferović said at the Potočari Memorial Center that Srebrenica will forever remain a black spot on the face of all those who could and did not prevent genocide.

He says more than 1,000 people were being killed per day. Almost every minute, an innocent, helpless human being was losing his life.

“The goal was to completely suppress the existence of one nation in this area. The crime happened in front of the eyes of the whole world. By their resolution, the United Nations proclaimed Srebrenica for a protected zone, but did not, when they had to do so, take steps to prevent the worst crime in Europe since World War II. Srebrenica will forever remain a black spot on the face of all those who could, and did not prevent genocide. UN officials will recognize this a few years later. Unfortunately, even today, representatives of the international community are again missing a more resolute reaction, this time on denying genocide and glorifying war crimes”, said Džaferović.

He said that by not preventing genocide in the area declared by the UN Security Council as a “UN protected zone”, the international community lost credibility in the eyes of many around the world. The only chance for the United Nations and the international community “to return a part of the lost credibility is to firmly condemn those who deny the truth about the crime and glorify its perpetrators,” Džaferović said.

There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric, for denial, revisionism or the glorification of war criminals. Attempts to rewrite history in Bosnia and Herzegovina or anywhere are unacceptable, says the statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide.

Mogherini and Hahn stated that while Bosnia and Herzegovina has expressed its desire to become member of the European Union, the priority is for all political leaders in the country to work actively towards the promotion of dialogue and respect.

”Today we commemorate the genocide in Srebrenica. This was twenty-four years ago; yet this tragedy still haunts us. Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and all those whose lives have been affected by these tragic events. It is our shared duty always to remember Srebrenica, one of the darkest moments of humanity in modern European history. While remembering, we have the responsibility to firmly anchor peace and ensure a stable future for all people living in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider region. We need to end impunity and overcome the legacies of the past,” they stated.

Mogherini and Hahn added that the European Union remains committed to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in establishing a society where pluralism, justice and human dignity prevail, the EU Delegation to BiH stated.

OSCE Mission to BiH also condemned the attempts to deny the genocide./ibna