UN General Assembly Votes to Establish July 11 as International Day of Remembrance for Srebrenica Genocide


The UN General Assembly has established July 11th as the International Day of Remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide, commemorating the day in 1995 when Bosnian Serb forces killed 8,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslim men and teenagers. The resolution passed despite opposition from Bosnian Serbs and the Serbian leadership, with Serbian President Alexander Vucic arguing that it would deepen regional divisions. This day aims to honor the victims and address the ongoing issue of genocide denial, particularly in the Republika Srpska region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
  • The UN General Assembly votes to establish July 11th as the International Day of Remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide.
  • The resolution passed with a simple majority of 84 countries in favor, despite opposition from Bosnian Serbs and Serbia.
  • Serbian President Alexander Vucic voiced concerns that the resolution would increase regional tensions.
  • Survivors hope the day will aid in the criminal prosecution of genocide deniers and incorporate the genocide into global history education.
  • Republika Srpska’s leadership, particularly Milorad Dodik, has expressed discontent with the resolution, denying the genocide occurred and discussing ideas of peaceful separation from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • The resolution is seen as a means to acknowledge and remember the victims, preventing the denial of the genocide.
  • Germany and Rwanda support the establishment of the remembrance day, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and remembering the genocide as established by international courts.
  • Serbian leaders’ denial of the genocide persists, attributed to a continuation of nationalist politics and the avoidance of acknowledging responsibility and potential reparations.

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