This year’s 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide will be marked with a special service at Westminster Abbey on 6 July.
More than 2,000 specially-invited guests will gather in London for the service – organised by UK charity Remembering Srebrenica – to commemorate over 8,000 men and boys massacred in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995, during the Balkans conflict of 1992 – 1995.
The event is part of Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week, which will lead up to the EU-wide day of remembrance for the victims of the genocide, Srebrenica Memorial Day, on 11 July.
Working closely with Westminster Abbey, the charity is planning a service that will allow those present to reflect on the lessons of Srebrenica.
Remembering Srebrenica Chairman Dr Waqar Azmi OBE said:
“This year is the 20th anniversary of the genocide that occurred in Srebrenica – the single greatest atrocity committed on European soil since the Second World War and a brutal reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.”
“The service at Westminster Abbey will not only commemorate those men and boys who were murdered in Srebrenica, but allow those present to consider how they might make a personal contribution to help build community cohesion and integration through learning the lessons of history.”
Remembering Srebrenica raises awareness of the genocide in the UK. It works with people across the country to help strengthen British society by learning the lessons of history.
It organises UK memorial community action events and takes individuals from communities across the UK to Srebrenica to speak to survivors and families whose loved ones were killed.
Following their experience, visitors pledge to take action in their communities with projects to help raise awareness in the UK of the genocide and its consequences, whilst helping to strengthen British society against the threats posed by hatred and intolerance.