Srebrenica Memorial Center

They talked about us

Thomas Greminger

Thomas Greminger

Secretary General, OSCE
„Srebrenica today is an example of resilience, truth and justice for the world. Your memories are still painful and we are not blind to persistent problems and divisions in Srebrenica, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina at large. But after years of struggling, much has also been accomplished – in Srebrenica and beyond. We see that relations in the community can be mended, and that accountability for genocide and other war crimes is possible.”
Marija Pejčinović Burić

Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General, Council of Europe
„It is difficult to capture in words the experience, impact and trauma of the Srebrenica genocide. What happened 25 years ago was terrible beyond words. Civilization itself collapsed and the thousands who were killed and the thousands more who were displaced are the terrible evidence of humanity at its worst. What was done can never be undone, and just a quarter-century later, the reality of Srebrenica is still raw and tangible.“
Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani

President, Islamic Republic Iran
„As a bold stain on the face of contemporary history, the bitter Srebrenica tragedy offers countless shocking lessons and examples which could perhaps prevent unfolding of similar appalling incidents if properly noted by the human community. Srebrenica teaches the international community lessons on the necessity of committing to justice, abstaining from violence and acting responsibly in defending the rights of the wronged people.“
Borut Pahor

Borut Pahor

President, Republic of Slovenia
„Dear families of the victims, today I address you with a heavy heart, on the day marking the anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica. The past cannot be changed, but we can change the future. Truth, not denial; respect, not hatred; open dialogue, not quarrells, are key for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Forgiveness and respect for diversity are crucial. Reconciliation is not an act of the past. It is a promise of coexistence and friendship that comes from a shared pain.“
Xavier Bettel

Xavier Bettel

Prime Minister, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
„We thought that 50 years after we discovered Auschwitz, Birkenau, Dachau we would never again have such atrocities on our continent. That is what we all said – and believed. 50 years later - 25 years ago - we discovered what happened in Srebrenica. 8,000 people died in a week. Why? We still have no answer to all the questions. We even do not know the names of all the people who killed or have been killed there – not yet. 25 years later still some family members are missing. I had hoped that we had learned from the experience of the Second World War.”
Ilir Meta

Ilir Meta

President, Republic of Albania
„What happened in Srebrenica 25 years ago was an act of genocide of a scale unseen for our region and beyond. A tragedy that should never had been allowed to occur. We shall never forget those atrocities. July 11th 1995 marks an important milestone for us all as we remember those who suffered unimaginable horrors in the Srebrenica genocide. We all have to look at our own thoughts and actions and how we must send a clear message to future generations. It is our duty to lead the process of building a more tolerant generation and a society free from pain, discrimination and hatred.“
Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

President, European Commission
„Certain wounds can take decades to heal. After a quarter of a century Srebrenica is still an opened wound in Europe’s conscience. There are mothers who can never lay their children to rest. Displaced families who have never returned to their homes. Survivors who keep waking up in the dead of night. As a woman, mother and wife I can only try to imagine the depth of your pain. My heart goes out to you. It is difficult to even grasp the depth of this immense tragedy. Today we mourn and we remember. We grieve together. We reflect on our mistakes as we ask for justice. We work for reconciliation. Today the entire world realizes that we failed in our responsibility to protect those who were most in need of our protection.“
Valentin Inzko

Valentin Inzko

High Representative, OHR
„Unfortunately we are not able to commemorate the anniversary, 25 years since the genocide, in the manner we planned. But the virus cannot prevent noble hearts throughout the world to gather today to remember and pray for the victims of Srebrenica. Today we are saying farewell to only nine victims, which are put to their eternal rest. Unfortunately, they are still searching for mass graves throughout the country. Therefore I ask all people who have information to provide them to competent institutions. Regretfully, we are also faced with the re-writing of historical facts, relativization of crimes and even with the glorification of convicted war criminals.”
Alexander van der Bellen

Alexander van der Bellen

President, Republic of Austria
„Today marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against Bosniaks in Srebrenica. Words cannot adequately describe the atrocities that took place there in July 1995. More than 8.000 people were killed during a few days in Srebrenica alone. Many more had to endure acts of inhumane violence. This terrible massacre was the worst crime against humanity in Europe since World War Two. My deepest condolences go out to the survivors.
Muhyiddin Yassin

Muhyiddin Yassin

Prime Minister, Malaysia
„It was the worst genocide in Europe since the Second World War. The agony and grief still reverberate in our hearts and minds. Our thoughts and prayers are with more than 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica genocide. Again we extend our deepest condolences to surviving family members and their loved ones. The Srebrenica Memorial in Potočari will forever stand as testimony for rememberance of this tragedy and its victims, for the strength and fortitude of the survivors, for the importance of achieving justice and accountability, and last but not least – for the need to sustain efforts to fight and eliminate all propaganda, racial prejudices and hatred among us human beings.“
Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Sweden
„Sweden will continue to work closely with those who are making efforts to achieve lasting reconciliation. We will also continue to support those working hard, trying to find the truth and to bring justice, including by identifying and locating those who were killed. It is painful to imagine still not being able to bury your loved ones after 25 years. My heart goes out to those families. There is no place for denial of the crimes committed during the war, nor for the glorification of individuals who have been found guilty of those crimes by the courts. It is the Swedish government’s firm view that all acts and statements that diminish or deny genocide are deeply disturbing and contrary to the most fundamental global values. The international community failed to protect the victims in Srebrenica at the time when they needed us the most. We failed them then, and in order not to fail those who survived and coming generations, we can never forget, and the guilty must be brought to justice.This can never happen again.“
Charles Michel

Charles Michel

President, EU Council
„By remembering, we renew our commitment to never let such atrocities happen again. Such despicable acts go against our deepest European values. A quarter of a century later, they are still shocking, still almost inconceivable. Yet even today, we continue to hear similar language that led to these shameful acts. Revisionists minimize, or even deny the genocide. Others glorify war criminals. We have a unique responsibility to lead by example. Only when all leaders recognize the crimes that took place can the peoples of your country finally heal and come together.”
Simonetta Sommaruga

Simonetta Sommaruga

President, Swiss Confederation
„Justice is a central tenant of the reconciliation, and it is vital that efforts to support and strengthen all relevant accountability mechanisms be continued. Today, we remember over 8,000 victims of the massacre. So many lives forever and unjustly lost.“
Muhammed Mahatir

Muhammed Mahatir

former Prime Minister, Malaysia
„Though many of today’s generation may not have heard od Srebrenica, the designated UN safe-haven, Bosnia and Herzegovina witnessed a bloody, ugly slaughter. Systematic extermination saw some 8000 Bosnian Muslims who had saught refuge in the town of Srebrenica become victims of total massacre by the Serbs which went on for more than 5 days. Men and boys were forced to dig their own graves before being shot or bludgeoned to death and then thrown into the very same grave they had dug.“
Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

former president of the United States of America
"Far too many people on earth today can personally identify with the mothers, the wives and the children who lost loved ones at Srebrenica. 25 years later we don’t seem to have learned very much in a lot of places. Even as you have honored the difficult political compromises of the Dayton accords and most crucially kept the peace. It is more important than ever to remember that in Bosnia and across the world real democracy requires a genuine commitment to an inclusive society, including shared decision making, a commitment to the rule of law and uncovering the hard truths about the past so you can be free to make a different future. I hope in the next 25 years, all citizens of Bosnia and all of us around the world who wish you well, will remember the sacrifices of July 11th and work even harder than you have already to preserve and strengthen the peace, to expand economic opportunity, to build an inclusive future for your children and grandchildren.“
Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister, Canada
„Today Canada joins communities and countries around the world to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. This is a dark period of history that we must never forget. And as we mark the 25th anniversary of this tragedy, we vow to remember and honor those who unjustly suffered and lost their lives. To Bosniaks in Canada and around the world: Canada stands with you and mourns with you today. Thank you.”
Husein ef. Kavazović

Husein ef. Kavazović

reisu-l-ulema of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina
“All good people on all sides need to help Srebrenica by trying to explain where the evil came from in order to understand it. Srebrenica needs to be a place of remembrance not only of genocide but of everything that happened to us in the 1990s.”
David-Maria Sassoli

David-Maria Sassoli

President, European Parliament
„This was not only the gravest war crime in Europe since World War II, it was also an act of collective failure that we must be deeply ashamed of. The genocide of Srebrenica left deep emotional scars on the survivors and created long-lasting obstacles to political reconciliation among ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I want to say, on behalf of the European Parliament: We share your pain, and we will always stand with you in solidarity.”
Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová

President, Republic of Slovakia
„Bosnia and Herzegovina today, with the international community is marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, one of the darkest chapters in the modern history of Europe. Therefore I am sensitive to the fact that many Bosnian and Herzegovinian citizens have a painful memory of the loss of their loved ones, or the continuos efforts to find and identify them to this day. To the victims I give respect in silence and to their families I express sincere condolences in the name of the citizens of the Republic of Slovakia, as well as in my own.“
Jeppe Kofod

Jeppe Kofod

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Denmark
„To many it has become something they read about in history books – a cruel reminder of the capacity of man to inflict untold suffering on fellow human beings. To the families of the victims it is not history. They live with the loss every day. Young boys and men were slaughtered, women lost their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons. Women were themselves subject to brutal attacks and abuse. Children were left orphans, families torn apart. Srebrenica was more than a massacre. It was a genocide. It was the gravest crime against humanity in Europe since the Second World War.“
Linas Linkevičius

Linas Linkevičius

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
„The tragedy left deep lasting scars to survivors, to all of us. Everything we do in the aftermath must be to ward off such events forever. I call on all of you to unite lest such a tragedy happens in the world again.“
Tomáš Petříček

Tomáš Petříček

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
„25 years ago, in and around Srebrenica genocide was committed. It happened just a generation ago, in our Europe... It is difficult to imagine today. But, it was difficult to imagine then, but it happened! Srebrenica will always remind us that there isn’t a time that is totally secure and eliminates huge tragedies. We, as human beings cannot forget that. Srebrenica remains a huge trauma for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.“
Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Prime Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
„I remember the day very well, I remember when it happened, along with most people who have feelings of humanity – we were shocked! We were appauled at how in, what was a safe haven of the United Nations peacekeeping force, how in a safehaven this was allowed – this massacre was allowed to take place. We were all shocked, I still remember when it happened, I still feel the shock how such a thing could be allowed by the world community. I think it’s important for us to learn lessons from that. The world community must never allow such things to happen again.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
„On the ocassion of the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, The Kingdom confirms its support, to the families of the victims of the unjust genocide that claimed thousands of innocent lives. The Kingdom also affirms its position towards respecting the leadership and the unity of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian territory and we fully support all avenues of peacful coexistence between all its peoples.“
Ilham Aliyev

Ilham Aliyev

President, Republic of Azerbaijan
„The bloody crime committed against civilians in Srebrenica 25 years ago will be remembered as one of the darkest pages of the 20th century, immortalized in the history of mankind forever.
Munira Subašić

Munira Subašić

President of the association “Movement of mothers of Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves”
„I would like to send a message to the war criminals: We will haunt you and we will never stop in doing so, one of us will always haunt you. It is our right and duty. Remember this, there isn’t a place where we won’t find you and haunt you. I would like to send a message to those who deny genocide: You won’t succeed! You will not tire us or scare us. Generations of our children will continue our battle, generations who are just like us, the mothers, not brought up on hatred. “
Zoran Milanović,

Zoran Milanović,

President, Republic of Croatia
„In addition to the sincere condolences that I extend to them today, and not for the first time, to the families of the Srebrenica victims and to the few survivors, it is important to show them that we understand their pain and that we do not allow a negation of the genocide that indeed took place in Srebrenica. It did take place and it is no longer necessary to prove, the world knows who perpetrated the genocide in Srebrenica. For the sake of the future, and for the sake of the present, it is important to say and acknowledge that the Serbian people as a whole are not and cannot be guilty of the genocide, the responsibility cannot be laid on most of the Serbian people or on the Serbian people in general. Moreover, it is important to say that all the perpetrators, the real perpetrators and the chief perpetrators have yet to be punished. The responsibility of each and every one of us is for the truth to be accepted and let the victims rest in peace. However, our even greater responsibility is to accept the families of the victims and the survivors as our equals, give them faith in the existence of those human and European values, and not keep them captive of the past.”
Carmel Agius

Carmel Agius

President IRMCT
„I regret that there is much work ahead. While the ICTY and the Mechanism have delivered justice on an international scale, thousands of alleged perpetrators are yet to be tried domestically, while their victims continue to be tormented by those who attempt to deny their lived experiences, and thereby their very existence. The revisionists seek to bury the truth with the same ruthlesness that saw almost 8000 men and boys cut down in cold blood and thrown into shallow pits. Despite this, I trust we will see better days. 25 years is not only a significant period of time, it represents the maturation of an entire generation and as the possibility of change. It is your children, the voices of the present and the future who have the capacity and the determination to create a different reality – if they choose. I am confident that they will champion truth and justice in honor of the victims we are commemorating today. But they will also need to set aside hatred in order to affect a lasting transformation. With the support of the international community and like-minded people of all ages and ethnicities I am convinced that ultimately they will succeed.“
Charles, Princ of Wales

Charles, Princ of Wales

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“I have cared deeply for many years about all that your country and the region have endured, and have followed with close interest and particular sympathy the steps you have taken on the long, hard road of reconciliation. I have greatly admired the difficult, but essential work being carried out in Bosnia Herzegovina to address the legacies of the past. And I have been deeply moved by the remarkable and courageous efforts of those working tirelessly in pursuit of justice, to rebuild trust, and to bring hope to their communities. The terrible events of July 1995, confirmed as genocide by international courts, are a dreadful stain on our collective conscience. The international community failed those who were killed, those who somehow survived and those who endured the terrible loss of their loved ones. By remembering the pain of the past, and learning its lessons, we can together resolve that it must never happen again.“
Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte

Prime Minister, Republic of Italy
“25 years ago, Europe was wounded at its heart. What happened in Srebrenica was a defeat of our common values. Honoring their memory is a moral obligation to us. Restarting from the respect for humanity, recognizing the suffering of all the victims and understanding that war is the most inhuman act are the starting point of every common journey. That is why justice must take its course and it is crucial to keep prosecuting all those who are responsible for the atrocities that took place, because only if there is justice, it will be possible to alleviate, at least partially, the overwhelming suffering of those who are mourning innocent victims, to build the grounds for a real national reconciliation and look forward to a future of prosperity and integration. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, many times in history, were victims of immense atrocities, but in the confluence of their cultures and their religions, they can truly represent what Europe aims to be: a place where diversity means richness, where human rights are upheld, and where old enemies can still reconcile in the name of life.”
Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations
“The Srebrenica genocide was the worst atrocity crime on European soil since the Second World War. Twenty-five years later, we pay tribute to the thousands brutally murdered — and pledge to never forget them. We share the grief of their families, including those whose family members are still missing. And we re-affirm our solidarity with the survivors. A quarter century ago, the United Nations and the international community failed the people of Srebrenica. As former Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, this failure will “haunt our history forever”. Confronting that past is a vital step towards rebuilding trust. Reconciliation must be underpinned by mutual empathy and understanding. Reconciliation means rejecting denial of genocide and war crimes and of any effort to glorify convicted war criminals.”
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

President, Federal Republic of Germany
„Even now, what happened in and around Srebrenica 25 years ago still leaves us speachless and appalled. The name of this Bosnian town has been etched into our collective memory as denoting the darkest chapter in the wars on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. The brutality and the scale of the murders of thousands of Muslim boys and men here are without parallel in Europe since the Second World War. It was genocide – that was the unequivocal finding of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.“
Stevo Pendarovski

Stevo Pendarovski

President, Republic of North Macedonia
„The Srebrenica genocide took place 25 years ago, when more than 8,000 people, mostly men and children, were systematically killed just because they were Bosniaks. This is, without a doubt, one of the darkest events in modern European history for which there is no rational justification. Some of the perpetrators have already faced justice before the International Court of Justice. Some of the survivors gained courage to look into the eyes of their executioners and to forgive those who repented of their crimes. But many continue to live with the horrific traumas further reinforced by the denial and relativization of the truth about the crimes. The Memorial Center and the Mothers of Srebrenica, through a clear message, testify of the collective past and are the conscience of our generation. They do not incite hatred, nor do they seek revenge, for it deepens injustice. They only seek truth and justice as a precondition for peace.”
Serge Brammertz

Serge Brammertz

Head Prosecutor, IRMCT
„The Srebrenica genocide was one of the darkest moments in recent history. Another genocide in the heart of Europe just two generations after the Holocaust. The world saw senior leaders use propaganda to ignite ethnic hatred and to dehumanize the neighbours. Men at the epics of power used then that power to terrorize and destroy simply because the victims were Muslims. We know the result – the lives of more than 7000 men and boys extinguished, 35000 women, children and elderly terrorized and forced from their homes. A community deeply tied to the land – simply eliminated.“
Milo Đukanović

Milo Đukanović

President, Montenegro
„It would be most accurate to say that the Srebrenica genocide can be explained by the history that preceded it. The criminal ideas of that kind have the strongest foundation in the ideologies of “greater” nations. Such ideologies did exist and unfortunately still do in our region. They are the source of evil and plight, and the platform for the criminals to join around. As long as such ideologies live, as long as they have the followers who negate the crimes committed and call for new crimes, the danger of new plights will persist. The genocide in Srebrenica is a disgrace for all those who did not prevent it - both us and the international community. It is a testimony to the terrible reality of a bloody war. It is an eternal admonition and a reminder for all our nations that without the truth about the past, there is no secure future.”
Michael Pompeo

Michael Pompeo

Secretary of State, United States of America
„The names of few places in recent history are so painfully etched in the time as that of Srebrenica – the site of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. The United States pledges never to forget that tragedy. We grieve with the families who tirelessly seek justice for the 8,000 innocent lives lost, all these years later. And we stand with our great friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A generation, it’s hard to believe. A generation has come of age since that horrific day. Those of us who remember what happened a quarter century ago must build a more peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future for that generation. Let’s build a future that will benefit all peoples – regardless of race or religion – and unite us in shared values based on individual rights.”
Papa Franjo

Papa Franjo

Pope
Unfortunately, the hatred that has contributed to this kind of bloodshed is still too often present in different parts of the world. We hope that it will be replaced by the works of those who strive to build a better future, a world of peace for generations to come through a dialogue of understanding and respect for others.
Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte

Prime Minister, Kingdom of the Netherlands
„The worst attrocity on European soil since the end of the Second World War. 25 years ago, yet it feels only like yesterday. Because the grief, anguish, and the loss of your sons, fathers and husbands. Mothers continue to ask themselves what kind of man would my sone have become. Would he have had a family of his own by now? Questions that will never be answered. The pain and anguish too, for the survivors of Srebrenica whose souls will always be so deeply scarred by the terror they experienced, and the horror endured, for the international community which was unable to protect a vulnerable population from extreme agression and cruelty. For the Netherlands which, as part of that international community, took on a task that would forever connect it with Srebrenica. And for the men and women of the Dutch UN Battalion who felt powerless in July 1995 and who are still haunted by those memories. But, sadly we can’t change history – history changes us. And once more, Srebrenica will never be a closed book because victims are still being identified. New burials are still taking place in Potočari, and there are still mothers searching for their sons. That is the hard truth – a truth we must not, can not and will not ignore. So, we speak out whenever we can against polarising language, glorification of war criminals and genocide denial.“
Bojko Borisov

Bojko Borisov

Prime Minister, Republic of Bulgaria
„On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people, allow me to join most sincerely in the grief the relatives of the victims of the inadmissible and inhumane act of violence committed 25 years ago in Srebrenica. This grim event will be recorded as one of the most tragic chapters in the modern history of mankind and will serve as a warning to all of us who show responsibility and wisdom and never allow such atrocities to be committed again in the modern democratic history of Europe or elsewhere in the world.“
Pedro Sánchez

Pedro Sánchez

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Spain
„Spain will always be on the side of truth and solidarity with the victims. We know very well from our own experience that in the process of reconciliation, justice should go hand in hand with the truth. Understanding and accepting the truth about the past is vital to understanding the society in which you coexist, to achieving common goals, and to creating a future on solid foundations. Reconciliation requires political responsibility, respect, and especially empathy. Ultimately, it seeks to acknowledge the pain of those others. It is a difficult process, but necessary. It is a process in which everyone, including victims, should participate. The genocide in Srebrenica was committed by individuals who were convicted for it, it was not committed by ethnic groups or nations. The citizens of BiH deserve a reconciliation process that is real, not based on mere rhetoric.“
Queen Noor

Queen Noor

Kingdom of Jordan, Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
„Dear sisters and brothers, today we remember with love and respect the lives of Srebrenica’s beloved fathers, brothers, sons... those who will never be forgotten. Your loss 25 years ago is our loss, the world’s great loss, a crime against humanity beyond imagination. I arrived not long after to meet and mourn with the mothers of Srebrenica. Wives, sisters and daughters of the disappeared. It was only then that I could begin to understand the magnitude of your horrendous loss. Over the past 20 years working with the International Commission on Missing Persons, I’ve been privileged to witness love and admire my sisters of Srebrenica - for your courage, dedication, compassion and steadfastness in the face of immense pressures. In our work with you and others to ensure that the victims of Srebrenica are found and identified, together we have opened the way for the perpetrators to face justice.“
Hamdija Fejzić

Hamdija Fejzić

, President of the Organizational Committee for Commemorating the 11th of July 1995 – Anniversary of the genocide against „UN safe zone“ Srebrenica Bosniaks
"We are here today, because our culture of remembrance dictates that we do not forget and remind that the genocide against the Bosniaks of Podrinje was committed in Srebrenica. We are here today to send a message from this place where the genocide was committed, in order to prevent Srebrenica 1995 ever happening everagain to anyone. We are here today because of them, because of us, because of our children to know and hear about the genocide in Podrinje, to remember the victims, for generations to pass on the truth to new generations and for that truth never to be forgotten.“
Šefik Džaferović

Šefik Džaferović

Šefik Džaferović, Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
„Today, 25 years later, awareness of the scale of the crime committed and the mistakes made has been made known throughout the civilized world. Srebrenica became a synonym for the suffering of innocent people, and the crime committed was called by its only real name - genocide. The anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide is now being marked around the world. People on all meridians sympathize with the families of the victims and our people. Today, you could also hear messages from the leaders of the modern world, where there is no dilemma about what happened in those days of July in 1995 and who is responsible. These messages mean a lot to us and I take this opportunity to thank all the presidents, prime ministers and other officials who have expressed sympathy for the families of the victims of genocide, and who have contributed to our fight for the truth.“
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Prime Minister, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“Many perpetrators still have not been held to account. And there are those who would prefer to forget or deny the enormity of what took place. We must not allow that to happen. We owe it to the victims and to future generations to remember Srebrenica and ensure it never happens again.”
Sauli Niinistö

Sauli Niinistö

President, Republic of Finland
„It is our shared duty and responsibility to always remember Srebrenica, one of the darkest chapters in recent European history. It is also our shared duty and responsibility to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again. To bring past perpetrators to justice, we must continue to fight against impunity of war crimes. To prevent future atrocities, we must continue to fight against attempts to incite hatred and violence. On this special day of remembrance, we stand together with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And we stand together with you every day.
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

President, Republic of France
„I am speaking to you today to send a message of solidarity from France, which still remembers and will always remember the suffering which your country endured 25 years ago, in the darkest hours which Europe has seen since the end of World War II. On the 11th of July 1995 and the days that followed, one of the worst tragedies in modern history occurred here in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. France has not forgotten the more than 8,000 victims, adults and children, who were murdered. It is with great emotion that I want to greet the genocide survivors and their families, to whom I extend my deepest sympathy. Despite the current health crisis, it was essential that we come together to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and pay tribute to the victims. Srebrenica remains a painful symbol of the international community’s failure to protect civilians when they were most in need of help. This indelible stain on our collective memory compels us to seek truth and justice.”
Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Norway
„This terrible crime left deep scars in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as across the European continent. Today, we mourn the loss of the many thousands of victims of the massacre in Srebrenica. Our hearts and sympathy go out to their relatives. It is important to remember this tragedy, and learn from it. We must fully acknowledge the past if we are to heal the wounds and build a future – based on truth and reconciliation.”
Philippe Goffin

Philippe Goffin

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Kingdom of Belgium
„On behalf of Belgium and on behalf of the Belgian people, I want to express my solidarity with children, families and friends of victims whose lives were so brutally taken 25 years ago. We all have a duty both to the victims and to future generations to ensure that crimes like these never happen again. In order to prevent history from being repeated, we must never forget what happened in Srebrenica. And we must call what happened by its name: this was a genocide, as it was established by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Many continue, however, to deny or to minimize the Srebrenica genocide. The European Commission’s Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership is very clear: “Genocide denial and revisionism contradict the most fundamental European values.” We must therefore react when genocides and war crimes are denied. This is the reason why Belgium adopted a law against denial, gross minimization, justification or approval of genocides, crimes against humanity or war crimes recognized as such by an international tribunal. The fight against impunity needs also to be pursued, which means bringing all war criminals to justice.”
Thomas Greminger

Thomas Greminger

Secretary General, OSCE
„Srebrenica today is an example of resilience, truth and justice for the world. Your memories are still painful and we are not blind to persistent problems and divisions in Srebrenica, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina at large. But after years of struggling, much has also been accomplished – in Srebrenica and beyond. We see that relations in the community can be mended, and that accountability for genocide and other war crimes is possible.”
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President, Republic of Turkey
“Although a quarter-century has passed since the Genocide, our pain is still fresh. With every mass grave unearthed, our hearts are once again torn out. The women still live in the hope of reuniting with their husbands, while the children hope to be reunited with their parents. There are mothers who are still waiting for the return of their children after all this time.”