To mark Srebrenica Memorial Day, Angela Rayner MP honoured those who were murdered during the genocide 21 years ago.
The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, signed the Remembering Srebrenica Book of Pledges, promising to play her part in ensuring that lessons from the genocide are learnt and community cohesion is strengthened in her constituency.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the worst atrocity on European soil since World War Two when over 8,000 men and boys were murdered just because of their faith. The charity 'Remembering Srebrenica', which organises memorial events across the UK, says that this year it is time to act to counter the rising threat of Hate Crime in the UK.
Angela said: “Srebrenica Memorial Day reminds us all that a shocking genocide took place only 21 years ago and should never be forgotten.
"I strongly encourage everyone to take this day as an opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of Srebrenica, who were killed for their faith. It underlines that we must work together to make our own community a place of safety, which respects religious freedoms and welcomes and cherishes diversity.”
Srebrenica Memorial Week takes places from 10th – 17th July, with hundreds of local commemorative events taking place across the country arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations, as well as UK and national events taking place in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast remembering the victims of the genocide.
On 11 July 1995 General Ratko Mladić and his Bosnian Serb forces marched into the town of Srebrenica and systematically murdered 8372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.
Two years earlier Srebrenica had been declared a UN Safe Area, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). In July 1995, Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area 'free from any armed attack or any other hostile act'.
Remembering Srebrenica is a charitable initiative part-funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Since April 2014, more than 800 leaders and key figures have gone on Lessons from Srebrenica visits to Bosnia. The charity has also developed education packs on the lessons of the Srebrenica genocide for use in secondary schools in the UK, which have led to over 21,000 young people being educated on the issues.
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