This year marked the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide – the most massive crime committed in the territory of Europe after World War II.
On July 11th 1995, the armed formation of Republika Srpska, headed by the Hague indictee Ratko Mladic, occupied Srebrenica, a safe haven under UN protection. The regime of S. Milosevic provided complete military, logistic, financial and political support to this genocidal undertaking. According to official data, 8,372 persons of Bosnian nationality were killed, while families are claiming around 10,000 of their members.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, on every 11th of the month, peace organizations and art troupes from Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Montenegro organized a number of activities in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Kotor, as well as in other cities in Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Montenegro.
The activities were organized in order to:
- express our compassion, solidarity and responsibility towards the victims of the Srebrenica genocide;
- draw attention to the fact that in our countries’ public, the Srebrenica genocide is largely disclaimed, or minimized;
- remind of the fact that in the above mentioned three countries have not as yet proclaimed a Commemoration Day of the Srebrenica genocide, as it was suggested by the European Parliament, and reiterate the request that July 11th be proclaimed Commemoration Day of the Srebrenica Genocide;
- encourage our societies to affirm a culture of compassion and solidarity.
The joint commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica has been launched by the following peace organizations and troupes: : Dah Theater (Dah teatar) – Belgrade, Led art – Novi Sad, Association for Social Research and Communications (UDIK) – Sarajevo, Škart – Belgrade and Women in Black – Belgrade.
With the support of: The Center for Women and Peace Education – Anima, Kotor; the Association Anima – Djulici / Zvornik; The Peace Activist Group – Tuzla; The Movement of Mothers of the Enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa – Sarajevo; The Association Women of Srebrenica (Zene Srebrenice) – Tuzla; Women for Peace – Leskovac, SoS hotline for women and children victims of violence – Vlasotince; Women’s Association Sundial (Pescanik) – Krusevac; The Center for Girls – Nis; Women’s Voice – Priboj; The Antifascist Association of Serbia – Belgrade; The Alternative Center for Girls – Krusevac; Women’s Section of CA Equality (UG Ravnopravnost) – Zrenjanin; The Women Peace Group – Pancevo; Women’s Initiative of Vojvodina – Novi Becej; Women’s Space (Zenski prostor) – Nis, The Roma Women Center Dae – Belgrade and Act Women – Belgrade.