On Thursday 13 July the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale will be hosting a special civic event where community leaders, members of the Bosnian community, local councillors and representatives from local and national charities will come together to commemorate the worst mass killing in Europe since the Holocaust.
Between 11 and 16 July 1995 8,372 Bosnian men and boys were massacred by Serb forces in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia. In 2009 the European Parliament declared 11 July to be the official Memorial Day to commemorate this tragedy and earlier this year Kirklees Council passed a formal resolution to mark this tragic anniversary.
This special civic event will commemorate the events of 1995 and look at how we can best ensure that such terrible events never occur again.
Also present will be representatives of the UK charity Remembering Srebrenica, the official charity responsible for commemorating the genocide, and representatives of other charities, community groups and the council. The event will feature guest speakers and film showings related to the terrible events of 1995.