The Assembly of Kosovo in an extraordinary session/ The declaration commemorating and honoring the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica is approved

2024-07-11 11:42:58 / KOSOVA ALFA PRESS

The Assembly of Kosovo in an extraordinary session/ The declaration

The Assembly of Kosovo, in an extraordinary session called for the 29th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, approved a declaration commemorating and honoring the victims of the genocide.

In Srebrenica and surrounding areas, Bosnian Serb forces killed more than 8,300 Bosniaks in July 1995.

The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Bahrim Shabani, who belongs to the Bosniak community, read the statement which he said opposes the impunity of perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law.

The statement says that Kosovo supports the search for sustainable peace, justice and reconciliation. The adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly that declares July 11, International Genocide Remembrance Day is also appreciated there.

Shabani said that Kosovo stands in solidarity with the survivors of the genocide in Srebrenica, stressing that the memory of "Srebrenica should serve as a sharp reminder of the collective responsibility to prevent such tragedies in the future".

The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo from the Bosniak community, Emilija Rexhepi, speaking about the genocide in Srebrenica, emphasized that "it is our duty to always oppose hatred and discrimination, to speak and raise our voice against such injustice".

A day earlier, the Government of Kosovo decided to declare July 11 as the Memorial Day of the Genocide in Srebrenica. Meanwhile, in 2021 the Assembly of Kosovo adopted a resolution condemning the genocide in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The remains of 14 victims of the genocide will be buried in the Potoçari Memorial Center in Srebrenica on the 29th anniversary of the genocide. The youngest victim to be buried was 17 years old, while the oldest was 68.

In 2007, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued a verdict stating that the Army of Republika Srpska committed genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995. Back then, Srebrenica was a UN protected area.

The same court found Serbia guilty of not preventing the genocide. The court also said that Serbia has violated the obligation to punish the perpetrators of the genocide.

Prior to this decision, several courts had sentenced more than 50 people to over 700 years in prison for genocide and war crimes in Srebrenica.

Among them are the former president of the Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadžić, and the commander-in-chief of the then Serbian army, Ratko Mladić. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment./ REL