The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide which was initially due to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral but could not go ahead due to COVID-19, was commemorated in the UK on the 11th of July at 7pm 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.
The National Commemoration of the 25th year since the Bosnian Genocide was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Angelina Jolie, the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Šefik Džaferović, Sir Kier Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Husein ef. Kavazovic, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, David Cameron, President Bill Clinton, Lord William Hague and Secretary Madeline Albright.
Leaders and key figures came together alongside genocide survivors to remember those horrific years of suffering endured by the Bosnian Muslim population. In 2021, our theme was “Every Action Matters” and by coming together from every corner of the United Kingdom our supporters showcased that every action truly does matter. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 2020 proved to be an impactful year with over 20,000 people tuning in live to watch our National Commemoration on the 11th of July and over 2 million people watching throughout Srebrenica Memorial week on our social media channels as well as television stations such as Al Jazeera, Hayat, Islam Chanel, and FACE TV.
If you haven’t yet, make sure to watch this important event as we come together to remember the victims and honour the survivors.