Srebrenica Remembrance Day and Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week 2016


WHEREAS, beginning in April 1992, many Bosniaks sought protection from aggression and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Security Council designated a “safe area” within the Srebrenica enclave in Resolution 819 on April 16, 1993; and

WHEREAS, beginning on July 6, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces attacked the United Nations Protection Force monitoring the Srebrenica enclave and protecting the Bosniaks seeking refuge there; and

WHEREAS, an estimated one-third of the population of Srebrenica, including a relatively small number of soldiers, attempted to pass through the lines of Bosnian Serb forces to the relative safety of Bosnian-government controlled territory; and

WHEREAS, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the largest massacre in Europe since the Holocaust; and

WHEREAS, the International Court of Justice declared the atrocity at Srebrenica in 1995 an act of genocide; and

WHEREAS, the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives have passed resolutions observing the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, and expressing support for reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 11, 2016, as SREBRENICA REMEMBRANCE DAY, and July 11-17, 2016, as BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TRIBUTE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.