Marking Srebrenica on 11 July at your Local Authority and Council is an important way to recognise that the massacres that took place in Srebrenica have been ruled and recognised as a genocide by the international courts, and are a key way of observing the internationally designated day of Srebrenica Commemoration.
Local authorities are uniquely connected to individuals and organisations in their area and by commemorating Srebrenica Memorial Day you can foster good relations in your communities through bringing together those from different beliefs and background in a single act of remembrance. From flying flags to reading survivor stories, screening a short film to holding a minutes of silence, Councils have an important duty to honour and remember both the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide.
We have a template programme, presentation and speech with some content which you can adapt to suit the nature of your event:
One of the most impactful ways to engage attendees with Srebrenica is through survivor testimony. We have created an exhibition which gives a brief overview of Srebrenica as well as survivor stories, it can be printed in A4 or A3 and displayed in libraries or at events:
Another fantastic way to share survivor stories is by showing one of our short event videos which will be available shortly.
You may also wish to include alternative prayers and poems in your council event, available here.
In the past 6 years, over 50 Councils in the UK have marked Srebrenica memorial day. To get inspired, take a look at how some of them have previously marked Srebrenica (click on the image below):
Other ways for Councils to engage with Srebrenica…
Table a motion that the Council will commemorate Srebrenica and remember the victims of the genocide. We have a draft motion which has been used successfully by other councils and which can be replicated to make it relevant to your local area:
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