Friday, 18 July 2014

MPs remember Srebrenica genocide during book signing in Parliament

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Hundreds of parliamentarians last week signed the Remembering Srebrenica Book of Pledges, providing their personal comments in commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

The book signing took place in the House of Commons and different locations across the UK during Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week (6-13 July), and saw politicians from across the political spectrum pay tribute to the more than 8,000 victims, as well as honour those left behind and still dealing with the aftereffects of the genocide.

The commemorative book signing was one of many events to take place during the Memorial Week, which saw four survivors of the genocide meet with senior politicians – including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – and faith leaders. They also shared their experiences at three national events, and attended several of the 650 acts of remembrance held nationwide.

The UK leads the way in commemorating the genocide, following an EU resolution in 2009 designating the 11 July as Srebrenica Memorial day across the European Union. The charity Remembering Srebrenica organises events to raise awareness of the genocide – the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War – and highlights the impact that hatred and intolerance can have on society.

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Background Notes:
Remembering Srebrenica is the UK charity that organises national and local events to mark Srebrenica Memorial Day. It is part-funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its core activities in the UK involve: organising national and local events to mark Srebrenica Memorial Day; organising Lessons from Srebrenica education visits; and public awareness campaigning with the aim of rejecting hatred, and building a stronger, safer British society.