11 July – Srebrenica Memorial Day
This year marks 25 years since one of the heinous crimes was committed at the heart of Europe in plain sight of the international community. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice determined that the massacre at Srebrenica constituted genocide. In 2009, the European Parliament adopted a resolution declaring 11 July Srebrenica Memorial Day.
This day is an opportunity to commemorate all the victims of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Srebrenica should remain engraved in the collective memory of the international community as a reminder and a stark warning that such atrocities cannot happen, or be allowed to happen, ever again. Any denial or relativisation of the tragic events is unacceptable.
This year’s commemoration is expected to be looking towards the future. Slovenia is striving to ensure reconciliation in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and stability in the wider Western Balkan region. Reconciliation is a prerequisite for peaceful coexistence and trust among nations, paving the way for a European future of the region.
On behalf of Slovenia, President Borut Pahor will attend the main virtual event and speak as a guest of honour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide.