Marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, four Members of the European Parliament—Eduard Kukan, Tanja Fajon, Jozo Radoš and Igor Šoltes—will be distributing Flowers of Srebrenica in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in a cross-party initiative proposed by MEP Tanja Fajon. The event is taking place today, Monday, July 6 between 16:30 and 17:00 in front of the Plenary Chamber.
The flowers of Srebrenica, a handmade symbol of the tragic past and a horrible crime against humanity, are the work of the members of Mothers’ Action of the Srebrenica Žepa Enclave. It is a symbolic reminder of what happened and what shall never be forgotten, but also of what shall never happen again.
“With deep respect we commemorate today those who died in Srebrenica. It is our human and moral responsibility to remember and not let such crimes happen again. We are handing out these flowers made by those who survived to clearly state together that we remember losing those innocent lives and hope there never be such a failure of humanity as in Srebrenica again,” said Eduard Kukan.
Tanja Fajon, who led this initiative, stated the following: “Srebrenica, the worst act of genocide since 1945, raises two main questions: What are the lessons learned? And how do we achieve reconciliation? I believe that twenty years after people were massively killed and bridges destroyed, the region can continue on the path of reconciliation and regional cooperation, building new bridges and decisively heading to the European Union.”
Jozo Radoš will also be distributing the flowers: “History teaches us lessons, and remembrance of the severity of the crime in Srebrenica should avail more justice and fair trials for the crimes committed in the wars on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Remembering Srebrenica should also help European countries come to terms with their own responsibility for past events, therefore not allowing history to repeat itself. The first step on this road is coping with crimes and openly acknowledging responsibility for them. Our act today is a small contribution to that end,” said Radoš.
“Remembrance of the Srebrenica genocide of over 8,000 Bosniaks and consecutive ethnic cleansing 20 years ago sends a clear message to future generations: ‘Never Again.’ In the greatest atrocity on European soil since WW II, the darkest page of the European history, the people of Srebrenica were horribly let down, and should never be let down again. Emotional scars on survivors’ souls and obstacles to political reconciliation among ethnic groups still give rise to suffering. With today’s act I hope to contribute to giving BiH the opportunity to prosper and be a country of enduring peace,” emphasized Dr Šoltes.