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Canada institutionalized Srebrenica Remembrance Day to Honor Genocide Victims

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					Brian Masse declares a victory for human rights as the Srebrenica
Remembrance Day motion passes the House
Motion achieves unanimous consent in the House of Commons after long
campaign

Tue 19 Oct 2010

OTTAWA, ON – Today Brian Masse M.P., NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic
declared a victory for human rights as the motion he introduced to establish a Srebrenica
Remembrance Day in Canada was passed in the House of Commons by unanimous consent
after a long campaign which began more than a year ago in his riding and was lead by the
Bosnian-Canadian community.

                      “The time is long past due for Canada to declare July 11 Srebrenica
                      Remembrance Day. This anniversary raises awareness of the tragic
                      suffering of the people of Bosnia and honours and remembers those
                      who were killed as a result of the policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing,
                      and war crimes carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to
                      1995,” Masse stated. “With this declaration, Canada acknowledges the
                      importance of this event in helping to bring closure for the Bosnian
                      people through truth and justice. The institutionalization of Srebrenica
                      Remembrance Day every July 11 will help to inform future generations
                      and assist all of us to work towards peaceful coexistence.”

                      After the fall of Srebrenica on July 11th 1995, Bosnian Serb forces,
                      commanded by General Ratko Mladic (an indicted war criminal), and
                      paramilitary units rapidly executed more than 8,000 Bosniak (Muslim)
men, boys, and elderly, who had sought safety in the area. Moreover, approximately 30,000
people were forcibly deported in an UN-assisted ethnic cleansing. The European Parliament
resolution referred to the Srebrenica Massacre as "the biggest war crime in Europe since the
end of WWII."

This atrocity has been declared an act of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for
the Former Yugoslavia. Both the United States House of Representatives and the United
States Senate in 2005 have passed resolutions on the Srebrenica Genocide and all the
atrocities that occurred during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. The
European parliament passed its resolution on January 15, 2009 institutionalizing July 11 as
the day of Remembrance for the Srebrenica Genocide. This past March the Serbian
parliament passed a resolution recognizing the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica.

“I would like thank and recognize the enormous effort, determination and perseverance of the
Bosnian-Canadian community in bringing about this achievement today for Canada. This
result in due to the endeavours of thousands of Bosnian-Canadians across the country lead by
Emir Ramic, President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks-Canada, Imam Dr. Zijad
Delic, Zeljko Milicevic, Chair of Justice for Bosnia Task Force, Senad Alicehajic, President of
the Bosnian Club of Windsor, Leila Handanovic, Dina Bajric, and countless others. With this
motion, the House of Commons joins Canada with many other countries in doing something
that should have been done long ago,” Masse stated.