Message by Labour Leader Keir Starmer on Srebrenica Memorial Day
As we mark Srebrenica Memorial Day, it seems incomprehensible that jut 25 years ago, such an inhuman genocide took place on our continent.
Described by the United Nations as “the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War”, the killings at Srebrenica took the lives of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys and must never be forgotten.
While it’s right we remember those victims and their families who so cruelly lost their loved ones, we must also use the anger and the agony that crimes like Srebrenica bring to help us find the courage and conviction to stand up and say, never again.
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, we continue to see human rights abuses and persecution, but Srebrenica must teach us that we all have a moral obligation to speak out and act whenever and wherever people are targeted on the basis of their religion or race. Failure to do so only enables hatred to flourish.
So let’s use this day and the memory of Srebrenica not only to remember those we have lost but to educate our future generations, bring our communities together and renew our efforts to tackle hatred and prejudice wherever they lie.