Commemorating Srebrenica

Community groups from across the Bradford District will come together to commemorate the Genocide of Srebrenica which took place 23 years ago. 

A commemoration event will take place in City Hall to mark Srebrenica Memorial Week, which runs from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July 2018.

The event, which is being organised by Bradford Council’s nationally recognised Diversity and Cohesion Service, will take place on Monday, 9 July from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in the Banqueting Suite of City Hall. 

The Genocide of Srebrenica was the single greatest atrocity to take place in Europe since the Second World War and saw the systematic massacre of more than 10,000 Bosnian men and young boys in less than one week at Srebrenica, a UN protected area and safe haven.

Bradford was the first city in the UK to lay a memorial stone to commemorate Srebrenica, which is in the Peace Garden behind City Hall, and this year’s commemoration event is part of an on-going programme of activities that aim to raise awareness of the genocide.

The ‘We Are One’ football tournament, which brings young people together with the aim of tackling hatred and intolerance, will take place at University Academy Keighley on Friday 13 July from 5.30pm until 9.30pm. More than 300 young people are set to take part to honour those killed in the genocide. 

This year’s theme for the commemoration is ‘Acts of Courage’. It will pay tribute to the ordinary Bosnians who took great risks to protect others during the conflict which took place in the 1990s. An exhibition about the genocide will be on display at the event with an online version available for schools to download.

Dignitaries who will be attending the commemoration event in City Hall include Riad Terzić, a Bosnian survivor; The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Zafar Ali; Naz Shah MP; Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw; Councillor Adrian Farley; Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services; and many more civic, political, faith and community representatives. 

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, and Bradford Remembering Srebrenica Ambassador, said: “This event is an important way in which our community can commemorate the appalling events that took place in Srebrenica where thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim.

“It is also a way in which our community can come together and take a stand against the hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.”

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