Coaltion for RECOM: States are obliged to to mark the Remembrance Day of the Srebrenica Genocide

On the occasion of the July 11th, or Remembrance Day of the Srebrenica genocide, the Coalition for RECOM has called on the state institutions of Serbia to accept the established facts about the committed genocide and has stated that the institutional marking of this day “is the best way to pay respect to the victims and send a message to future generations”.

Coalition in their statement reminds that the facts about Srebrenica were published in numerous judgments passed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as well as in the judgments of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and that the European Parliament has passed a resolution urging that the July 11th be proclaimed Remembrance Day of the Srebrenica Genocide.

“In Srebrenica, between July 11 and 19 in 1995, the worst war crimes in Europe after the Second World War were committed. Members of the Army of Republika Srpska have killed nearly 8.000 Bosniaks and have expelled 40.000 women, elderly and children from the area. Genocide is the only right name for that crime, based on ICTY judgments”, the statement said.

After the fall of Srebrenica, more than 7.900 people went missing. To this date, 6,938 people killed in Srebrenica have been identified. The remaining victims were found in 430 different locations, out of which 95 were mass graves.

Coalition for RECOM is a network of civil society organizations from post-Yugoslav countries that are pleading for the establishment of RECOM – Regional Commission for the Establishment of Facts on War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed in the Territory of the former Yugoslavia, from January 1st 1991 to December 31st 2001.