World on Srebrenica

The world's response to Srebrenica
Has been marked by widespread condemnation, shame and guilt

The world's response to Srebrenica has been marked by widespread condemnation of the atrocities, international legal proceedings to hold perpetrators accountable, and ongoing debates about the effectiveness of global intervention mechanisms.

“There is no place in Europe for genocide denial, revisionism, and glorification of war criminals.”

“Today we commemorate the Srebrenica genocide of July 1995. This heinous crime left deep scars in Bosnia and Herzegovina and across the European continent.”

“Srebrenica Memorial Day offers a poignant moment to reflect and remember those dark days in July 1995 when more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered because of their faith.”

“The name “Srebrenica” should remind every one of us that pride in our own religious and ethnic heritage does not require or permit us to dehumanise or kill those who are different.”

“People who quest for power killed those good people simply because of who they were…They sought power through genocide, but Srebrenica was the beginning of the end to genocide in Europe.”

“Today we commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica. This commemoration reminds us of one of the darkest moments of humanity and modern European history, and of our responsibility to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.”

“Srebrenica remains a silent memorial to unspeakable crimes against humanity.”

“To respect the past, we must call Srebrenica by its real name – genocide.”

“We need to be resolute in solidarity with those who survived the genocide. I can’t imagine the pain of those who are still looking for answers and peace.”

“We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. For the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the key is truth and not denial, respect and not hatred, open dialogue and not quarrel.”

“We will never forget our martyrs nor the genocide in Srebrenica.”

“The Srebrenica genocide was the worst atrocity crime on European soil since the Second World War.”

“The tragedy of Srebrenica will forever haunt the history of the United Nations. This day commemorates a massacre on a scale unprecedented in Europe since the Second World War -- a massacre of people who had been led to believe that the United Nations would ensure their safety.”

“What we will never know, and can only imagine, is the emptiness and silence of all the unanswered prayers. All the victims knew they would not survive, they knew from the laughter of their executioners. Their mothers, sisters and daughters knew that their sons, brothers and fathers kidnapped from their hands and that they will not return. They knew it from the lust of the Bosnian Chetniks... This must be remembered, truly remembered. We must remember one by one - until we feel the agony more than 8,000 times. We remember the rapists, the executioners who killed the boy, dishonored Bosniak women and girls, kicked and hit the child. It cannot be forgiven, no redemption ever, no excuse for beating unarmed boys and men”

“And as I say, eventually, the truth won out. It was late, but intervention mattered. It came after Srebrenica. And what happened was what we journalists had been reporting all along: Genocide. By an aggressor. Against a victim. It was clear. I hope that the lessons learned at Srebrenica, will inform the World to keep their eye on these issues, to keep holding the perpetrators accountable, and to never again let that kind of wanton wholesale slaughter of civilians take place on our watch.”

“Srebrenica was a crime that did not happen overnight. It could have been prevented, even down to the last few hours... The passage of time cannot diminish the pain felt by survivors of the war in Bosnia or the horror of the Srebrenica genocide. I have never met more brave, dignified and resilient women than the Mothers of Srebrenica, many still searching for their lost sons and husbands 23 years after the genocide. My thoughts and my heart are with them, and with all survivors in Bosnia today.”

“The NATO bombing helped for the war to end, but it was too late for the victims of Srebrenica”

“A deeply emotional story looking back on the Srebrenica genocide. The powerful story that moved me to tears and made me reflect on so many heartbreaking stories I was told growing up”

“They are the ever-present voice in our tireless work on genocide prevention, and work to counter hate speech and genocide denial which is an affront to victims and survivors. I pay my respects to them today, the survivors, their families, their lost loved ones.”

“We thought Europe had learnt the lessons from the genocides and massacres of our past, but events at Srebrenica confronted us with our deep human failure to respect and protect the sanctity of life of our neighbours.”