Release date: 3 July 2018
West Sussex County Council is asking residents to remember the victims of the Srebrenica genocide next week for Srebrenica Memorial Week 2018.
The event, which takes place between 8 and 15 July, marks the 23rd anniversary of the genocide and campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Bosnian Muslim population.
It saw thousands of people killed, displaced, and sexual violence used against women on a widespread and systematic scale.
Remembering Srebrenica, a charitable initiative funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, works across the UK to commemorate the victims.
Since its formation five years ago, the organisation has held over 5,000 memorial activities, bringing together communities across the country.
The theme for 2018 is ‘Acts of Courage’, which invites communities to resist hatred and division.
Chairman of West Sussex County Council Lionel Barnard said: “Srebrenica Memorial Week is an opportunity for us as a community to be united and oppose hatred and extremism in the world.
“I would encourage everyone in West Sussex to remember the devastating events that happened 23 years ago, and remind ourselves that they should never be repeated, as we commemorate this event this week.”
Srebrenica Memorial Day takes place on 11 July. For more information and to find events taking place through the week, you can visit the Remembering Srebrenica website.