“…The greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.”
In July 1995, Serbian forces, commanded by General Mladić and his paramilitary units, systematically and brutally massacred more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys. Their bodies, many dismembered and mutilated, were piled in mass graves. Almost twenty years later, their remains are still being uncovered.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have both ruled that the mass execution of Bosnian men and boys in Srebrenica constitutes as genocide. Describing the ‘unimaginable savagery’ endured by victims at the hands of Mladić’s forces, Prosecutor Judge Riad said they were “truly scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of human history”.
The European Parliament has now declared 11th July as Srebrenica Memorial Day; an opportunity to remember the victims of the genocide, their suffering families, and to acknowldege that we can never again let such atrocities occur.