07 Jul 2011
The 16th Anniversary of the massacre of Bosniak Muslims in Srebrenica will be commemorated on 11th July 2011. On this day in 1995, more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica despite being in a UN-protected safe area.
This year, more than six hundred identified bodies from collective graves will be laid to rest in the Memorial Center of Potocari, near Srebrenica.
The Muslim Council of Britain will be circulating a Khutba (Friday Sermon) by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, to all of its 500 affiliated organisations to remember the dead and pray for the victim’s families and loved ones. The Khutba will aim to awaken the conscience of humanity and remind everyone to educate younger generations to appreciate democracy, human rights, value of life and respect for its integrity and also the value of human dignity and respect for the otherness of the other – should one regard another as the ‘other’.
The Muslim Council of Britain believes that justice is the key to true peace. The long awaited arrest of the Serbian war criminal, Ratko Mladic has given some hope of justice and relief for the families of the victims and the community at large. We hope that he is tried and prosecuted for his criminal activities with the murder of thousands of Bosniak Muslim civilians.[ENDS]