The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina
cordially invites you to commemorate the
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253
His Excellency Haris Hrle
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States
Srebrenica Genocide Survivor
President, Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center
Founding Member, Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council
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Please join us in commemorating the Srebrenica genocide on Capitol Hill and standing in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the worst crime committed on European soil since World War II. After the Holocaust, the world vowed “Never Again,” but the fall of the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica to Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces in July of 1995 stands out as the international community’s most egregious failure to intervene during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It led to genocide, forced displacement, and a legacy of loss. Wartime inaction has since spurred numerous postwar attempts to address the atrocities’ effects on Bosnian society and its diaspora. Even as many of those efforts seek to rebuild and repair the country, the persistent denial of genocide by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s smaller entity Republika Srpska and neighboring Serbia stifles progress and reconciliation, contributing to overall insecurity of the entire Southeast Europe.
Twenty-three years after the Srebrenica genocide, and despite the promise of “Never Again,” the war in Syria continues to rage with no end in sight, and the Rohingya crisis bears the hallmarks of genocide. What lessons, if any, have we learned from the Srebrenica genocide? And further, with the rise of anti-Semitism around the globe, are we beginning to forget the lessons of the Holocaust?
To commemorate the Srebrenica genocide this year, the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina will be joined by a panel of distinguished speakers who will discuss their important work on combating genocide denial, touch on the overall progress made and highlight the challenges that remain.
ACBH is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Bosnian Americans and works to improve relations between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). ACBH advocates for a democratic, multiethnic, and indivisible BiH with a primary goal of advancing the integration of BiH into the EU and NATO.