On 11 July 1995 more than eight thousand men and boys were murdered, simply because of their religious identity. This was the Srebrenica Genocide – the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. As a Jewish human rights charity, we feel a particular responsibility to mark this anniversary.
The theme of the anniversary is “Every Action Matters”. Jews know only too well where hatred and prejudice that targets people because of their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality – or any type of difference – leads. So, we ask everyone, everywhere to make a small stand against that hatred and prejudice. Together your action, and those of your neighbours and communities, will unite with others across the country and beyond to build a more tolerant future without hatred.
As we remember those who died 25 years ago, our thoughts are also with their co-religionists – the Uyghur Muslims who are being brutally persecuted by China. After the atrocities of the Second World War, we said “Never again!” We failed those poor men and boys in Srebrenica. Let’s not fail again.