Stockport Council remembers Srebrenica

This year marks 26 years since the genocide at Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina in which over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered.

The 11th July has been designated as the official day of remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica. During this week each year, communities across the country, including here in Stockport, honour the victims and survivors of the genocide, and pledge to create a better, stronger and more cohesive society.
Every year, Remembering Srebrenica selects a theme that reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated, but also speaks to communities here in the UK.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Rebuilding Lives’ and this aims to honour the two million people who were displaced during the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s, shedding light on their stories and showing how they have rebuilt their lives.

To commemorate those affected by this atrocity, Stockport Council has issued the following statement, signed by all Group Leaders:

“Today we remember the victims and their families affected by this atrocity, and we reaffirm our commitment to put tolerance, kindness and respect at the heart of our communities so we and future and generations can build a better future without hatred. We must all learn the lessons of Srebrenica and other genocides and do all we can to never allow evil like this to flourish again.

“Remembering Srebrenica is a stark reminder of how important it is to stand up to any form of hatred of discrimination, which has no place in our society and we must do all we can to tackle inequalities and support those who need it the most.
“We all have an important role to play in challenging inequality and as a borough we have a proud tradition of embracing and celebrating diversity.

“Tackling inequalities has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.”

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council
Cllr Tom McGee, Deputy Leader, Stockport Council
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Cllr Mike Hurleston, Leader of the Conservative Group
Cllr Anna Charles Jones, Leader of the Independent Ratepayers Group