Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Day Date in the current year: July 11, 2018

Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Day Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Day is a solemn remembrance observed in parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11 every year. It honors the memory of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks who fell victim to genocide during the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Srebrenica is a small town located in Republika Srpska, one of two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the Bosnian War of 1992–1995, Srebrenica was loyal to the government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it was mainly inhabited by Muslim Bosniaks. Between 1992 and 1995, the town was a bone of contention between Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs.

On July 6, 1995, Srebrenica was attacked and captured by the Army of Republika Srpska led by General Ratko Mladić. Following the capture of the town, Serb forces deported about 30,000 Bosniak women and children, and then proceeded to massacre more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys, aged between 10 and 65.

In 2003, the government of Republka Srpska officially claimed responsibility for the Srebrenica events and issued an apology. In 2007, the International Court of Justice recognized the Srebrenica massacre as genocide. In January 2009, the Parliament of the European Union officially declared July 11 as Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Day. It is commemorated in Bosnia and Herzegovina (except for Republika Srpska), as well as in some other parts of the world.

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Bosnia Herzegovina

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