Our national events bring together people from all parts of the community to hear key political, religious and community influencers reflect on lessons from Srebrenica. They provide a vital opportunity to send a strong message of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the atrocity, and to remind us that we must always be vigilant against hatred and intolerance.
In 2016 the following events took place:
UK event: Durbar Court, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
On Monday 11th July, high profile guests attended a Solemn Commemoration for Srebrenica Memorial Day at Durbar Court in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The service included testimony from Srebrenica genocide survivors Hajrudin Mesić and Nedžad Avdić, daughter of Bosnian refugees, Amra Mujkanović and addresses by key figures including Prime Minister of Bosnia, Dr Denis Zvizdić, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond MP and performances from Bosnian Soprano Aida Čorbadžić and Cellist Belma Alić.Watch a video of the event here
The Temple of Peace, Cardiff
The National Commemoration for Wales, organised and hosted by our Welsh Co-Chairs Saleem Kidwai OBE and David Melding AM, was held at The Temple of Peace on Thursday 14th July 2016. The event was attended by First Minister Carwyn Jones, who launched our Welsh language education resources and featured powerful testimony from Srebrenica genocide survivor Hajrudin Mesić, Siege of Sarajevo survivor Resad Trbonja and daughter of Bosnian refugees, Amra Mujkanović. The event was introduced by former police officer Howard Tucker who worked as an investigator for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Cathcart Old Church, Glasgow
The National Commemoration for Scotland, organised by our Scottish board under the chairship of the very Reverend Lorna Hood, was held at Cathcart Old Church, Glasgow on Friday 15th July. Members of a recent Young Leaders Delegation, Sarah Farrell and John Loughton, spoke of their experiences in Bosnia and how they will share these with young people in Scotland, there was powerful testimony from Srebrenica genocide survivor Nedžad Avdić and Amra Mujkanovic and Tariq Ishaq spoke about learning the lessons from Srebrenica.
Belfast City Hall, Belfast
We were delighted to hold the official commemoration of Srebrenica in Northern Ireland at Stormont on Thursday 14th July this year. The event brought together members of different communities for an interfaith service and speeches from Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Peter Osborne, Chair of the Community Relations Council, Lumturi Podrimaj, a Kosovan refugee now living in Belfast, and Caitríona Ruane MLA, the Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
See photos from the events here