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11 July – Srebrenica Memorial Day

Today we remember the innocent victims who were murdered in a horrific way, in the very heart of Europe, right before the eyes of the international community. It was the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War. Our thoughts are with the mothers, wives, relatives and friends who lost their loved ones that day.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Court of Justice both recognised the Srebrenica massacre as an act of genocide in 2007. Two years later, the European Parliament, declared 11 July as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide victims in a special resolution.

The Srebrenica genocide memorial day is a reminder that Srebrenica is not, and must never be, forgotten. Denial and relativisation of these tragic events are not acceptable.

The anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide is also an opportunity for looking to the future, reconciliation, and overcoming hatred and division, which is essential for progress in general and for creating a better environment for the next generations. It is our shared commitment to building a world where human rights are respected and where peace, security and dignity are ensured for all.