Stockport Council remembers Srebrenica 25 years on

This week, Stockport Council remembers Srebrenica 25 years on from this atrocity.

In July 1995, more than 8,000 Muslim people were systematically murdered because of hatred of who they were.

Every year, Remembering Srebrenica UK selects a theme that reflects an aspect of the genocide that must be commemorated, but also speaks to communities here across the country. The UK’s Srebrenica Memorial Week for 2020 will be taking place from 5th to 12th July. The theme for 2020 is ‘Every Action Matters’.

On 4th June in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the USA and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests around the world, Stockport Council issued the following statement which was signed by all party leaders and the chief executive of Stockport Council:

“We believe discrimination and oppression has no place in our society and we stand united in solidarity with those who seek to tackle inequalities. Tolerance, kindness and respect are at the heart of our communities in Stockport and these values underpin our inclusive approach to the way we live. Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, and we must, as a community, continue to make a stand. Tackling inequalities has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.”

“We must never allow this to happen again and for this kind of intolerance to flourish in our society. 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.

“Today, I and all party leaders in Stockport want to jointly reiterate that discrimination and hate of any kind has no place in our society – be this based on race, faith, gender, age, sexuality, disability or any other reason. By working together, as One Stockport, and with our partners across the Greater Manchester region, we are committed to combatting hate and to tackling inequality.”

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council
Cllr Tom McGee, Deputy Leader, Stockport Council
Pam Smith - Chief Executive, Stockport Council
Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Cllr Mike Hurleston, Leader of the Conservative Group
Cllr Adrian Nottingham, Leader of the Independent Ratepayers Group