Remembering Srebrenica Chairman, Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, spoke at the Muslim Lifestyle Expo in Manchester this month. The pioneering event, which is the biggest of its kind, brought together over 10,000 people to celebrate the success of Muslims in the fields of business, fashion, entertainment, arts and charity.
In the current poisonous environment where hatred and extremism seems to be on the increase, Dr Azmi spoke of the need to stand up to those who are trying to divide the country. He told attendees that by learning the lessons of the past we can understand the importance of tackling all forms of hatred and intolerance.
After the talk, Dr Azmi said: “It was great to be part of an event where we were able to reach so many people with these vital messages and encourage them to be part of our movement to create a stronger, more cohesive society.
“The reaction from everyone we spoke to was overwhelming positive and people were keen to praise the work of our volunteers, especially the three country and six regional boards who do so much to help us achieve our aims.
“We look forward to working with a host of new Community Champions who have been inspired by what they heard about where hatred can lead if it is left unchecked. We owe it to the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide to share their stories, so that we can stop hatred and intolerance taking root here.”