Northamptonshire Police observed a minute’s silence this morning to remember those lost in the Srebrenica massacre 22 years ago.
Located in Eastern Bosnia, Srebrenica was a seat of intense military activity during the Bosnia conflict. Between 11 and 22 July, 1995, more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnians were murdered.
Whilst reports commonly refer to 8,000 victims, the exact number killed in this massacre is unknown.
The events in Srebrenica are recognised as genocidal killings and in our modern understanding it is one of the most extreme acts of xenophobia since World War 2 and is signified as an act of Islamophobia.
In 2005, on the tenth anniversary of the massacre, it was described by the United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan, as 'the worse crime on European soil since the Second World War'.
Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov, who led the minute’s silence at Force Headquarters, said: “The mass murder of thousands of people in Srebrenica was horrific and it’s quite right that we remember those people affected by the atrocity.
“We are committed to challenging all forms of hatred, prejudice and intolerance within our communities and I urge anyone with concerns about hate crime to call us on 101.”
Incidents of hate crime can be reported to True Vision via report-it.org.uk or by calling police on 101.