Remembering Srebrenica Memorial, Monday 9th July, 2018,

On behalf of Bradford Council’s Diversity and Cohesion Service I would like to invite you to the 23rd Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide due to take place on Monday 9th July from 12.30pm until 1.30pm at the Banqueting Suite, City Hall, Bradford.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. To commemorate this anniversary, the United Kingdom’s Srebrenica Memorial Week runs from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July 2018.

On behalf of Bradford Council’s Diversity and Cohesion Service I would like to invite to the 23rd Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide due to take place on Monday 9th July from 12.30pm until 1.30pm at the Banqueting Suite, City Hall, Bradford.

This year, we are recognising the 23nd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, during which thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim. As an organisation that works with people from diverse communities and backgrounds, we feel it is vital to commemorate Srebrenica to take a stand against hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.

This year’s theme ‘Acts of Courage’ will pay tribute to the ordinary Bosnians who took great risks to protect others during the conflict in the 1990s, the single greatest atrocity since the Second World War in which the systematic massacre of more than 10,000 Bosnian men and young boys took place in less than one week at Srebrenica, a UN protected area – a safe haven.  You can read more about it on their website: www.srebrenica.org.uk

During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, ordinary people undertook acts of extraordinary courage. In Sarajevo, the Jewish community protected their neighbours by sharing food and medicine. In Bijeljina, headteacher Lazar Manojlovic refused to exclude Bosniak pupils and teachers, stating publicly that he recognised only two ethno-nationalities in his school – the nation of students and the nation of teachers.  Amongst the horrors of Trnopolje concentration camp, Dr. Idriz Merdžanic risked his life to document the brutality and to pass this to the international media.

It is now more important than ever for us to come together as people in the UK, no matter what our background, to celebrate diversity and to stand together in solidarity against hatred and discrimination.

The event will be joined by civic, community, faith and political leaders and we hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica, and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred.

To confirm your attendance please follow the link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/srebrenica-memorial-acts-of-courage-tickets-47044359947

 


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Published: 14/06/2018
Audience: All
Contact: Javed Bashir

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