International Day of Remembrance for Srebrenica Genocide

  • 24 May 2024

On 23rd May 2024, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution designating July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica, despite opposition from Serbia and Bosnian Serbs.

  • The resolution honors the memory of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys massacred in 1995 by Bosnian Serb forces.
  • Germany and Rwanda led the initiative, which was supported by a cross-regional core group of 17 member states.
  • The resolution aims to support survivors and ensure the memory of the genocide is preserved.
  • Serbia and Bosnian Serbs opposed the resolution, denying the massacre as genocide and fearing it would brand Serbia negatively.
  • Despite amendments emphasizing individualized responsibility for genocide, concerns about politicization and division persist.
  • The resolution condemns denial of the massacre, calls for justice for perpetrators, and urges preservation of historical facts in educational systems.