Remembering Srebrenica is a charitable organisation funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
During the Srebrenica Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995, 8,372 victims were killed.
Here's the statement, supported by Leader Councillor Garry Purdy on behalf of the District Council:
Each year, we raise awareness during Srebrenica Memorial Week by collaborating with councils, schools, faith groups and other organisations with over 1,700 acts of commemoration taking place in 2020. This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week will be taking place from 4th July to 11th July where communities across the UK will commemorate the 26th anniversary of the genocide, where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim Men and Boys were murdered, simply because of their faith.
The theme for 2021 is ‘Rebuilding Lives’. In albeit very different ways the COVID-19 pandemic has brought loss and difficulties to millions, shattering individuals and communities, who are now looking to rebuild their lives. As we move forwards to rebuilding our communities in the wake of the many health and economic challenges which people with divisive agendas are all too keen to exploit, we will remember the spirit of survivors who, despite the horrendous hatred and destruction they were subjugated to themselves, have been rebuilding their lives with dignity, humanity and without calling for retribution or promoting division or hatred.