What is Memorial Day?

On the 15th January 2009 The European Parliament passed the following resolution:

“The European Parliament calls on the Council and the Commission to commemorate appropriately the anniversary of Srebrenica-Potocari act of genocide by supporting Parliament’s recognition of 11 July as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide all over the EU, and to call on all countries of the western Balkans to do the same.”

Remembering Srebrenica holds a national memorial day on 11th July. We invite councils, schools, religious and civic institutions to join us in marking Srebrenica Memorial Day in remembrance of the genocide of 1995.

Why We Remember

By remembering the pain of the past and learning its lessons, we can together resolve that it must never happen again. This is why the work of organisations such as the United Kingdom’s Remembering Srebrenica is so vitally important .

The UK is the largest commemorator of the Srebrenica genocide in the world holding more than 1,000 memorial activities annually and educating over 130,000 young pupils on the lessons from Srebrenica.

25th Anniversary

The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was due to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral but could not go ahead due to COVID-19, it was instead marked with the UK National Srebrenica Memorial Day Ceremony taking place entirely online, allowing people across the UK and around the world to virtually come together to commemorate this important anniversary.

Over 20,000 people attended the live UK Srebrenica Memorial Day Commemoration in 2020. 

Rebuilding Lives Theme 2021

Rebuilding Lives

Every year, Remembering Srebrenica selects a theme that reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated, but also speaks to communities here in the UK.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Rebuilding Lives’.

‘Rebuilding Lives’ will honour the two million people who were displaced during the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s, leaving them to seek refuge all over the world.

Memorial Day Reflections

Commemorations are powerful events that leave a lasting impression on the people who attend them. They offer an opportunity not only to remember the lives lost, but to reflect on the lessons we can learn from these tragedies and to pledge to take action to ensure that we prevent similar atrocities taking place again.

Attendee Pledges

Commemorations are powerful events that leave a lasting impression on the people who attend them.

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Message from the Chairman

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, talks about his reasons for establishing the charity and its ongoing work.

I grew up with the harrowing scenes of the war in Bosnia on our television screens – watching neighbour turn against neighbour, friend against friend, ethnicity against ethnicity. I will never forget the Omarska concentration camp, and that ethnic cleansing, systematic mass rape and genocide were all happening in Europe.