Srebrenica victims’ families welcome adoption of UN resolution on genocide

(23 May 2024)
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Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 23 May 2024
1. Road sign: Srebrenica
2. Town view
3. Various of graves at memorial center
4. Pan of television showing Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic speaking at UN to victims families watching
5. Mejra Djogaz watching
6. Various of families watching, as announcer says results of the vote
7. Families hugging each other, being happy about the result of the vote
8. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Sehida Abdurahmanovic, lost several family members during mass killings in Srebrenica:
"We expected the resolution to be adopted. We actually expected more countries to be in favor, but we are satisfied, and I wish to thank all of the countries that voted yes, but those who abstained and voted against – we will put them on the pillar of shame that we are building at the memorial center."
9. Families hugging each other
10. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Nura Begovic, lost several family members during mass killings in Srebrenica:
"I really wish to thank the world. I think the consciousness of the world was shown. I think they have tried to wash up a little bit of their shame for what happened, as they could have helped us at the time to avoid this altogether. We would have our dearest around us today. So we are welcoming this vote and we wish to send the message to the world – this is what justice is about, this is what truth is about."
11. Families of Srebrenica victims gathered
12. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Mejra Djogaz, lost three sons, husband and grandson during mass killings in Srebrenica:
"My heart almost exploded (in anger) while listening to Vucic (Serbian president). But thank God, there are still good people in this world. But nothing will bring my children back."
13. Various of graves

STORYLINE:
Families of victims of Srebrenica mass killings welcomed the adoption of UN resolution on genocide on Thursday.

The resolution establishes an annual day to commemorate the 1995 genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs, a move vehemently opposed by Serbs who fear it will brand them all as “genocidal” supporters of the mass killing.

The vote in the 193-member General Assembly on Thursday was 84-19 with 68 nations abstaining, a reflection of concern among many countries about the impact of the vote on efforts to achieve reconciliation in deeply divided Bosnia.

The resolution designates July 11 as the “International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica,” to be observed annually starting in two months.

"I wish to thank all of the countries that voted yes, but those who abstained and voted against – we will put them on the pillar of shame that we are building at the memorial center," said Sehida Abdurahmanovic, who lost several family members during the violence in Srebrenica.

Mejra Djogaz, who lost three sons, her husband and her grandson was also thankful but said "nothing will bring my children back."

The Srebrenica killings were a bloody climax of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, which came after the breakup of Yugoslavia that unleashed nationalist passions and territorial ambitions that set Bosnian Serbs against the country’s two other main ethnic populations, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks.

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