Cumbria County Council will be joining the nationwide initiative to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide of July 1995.
The genocide was one of the most horrific events of the Bosnian War and the single largest mass murder on European soil since World War Two.
This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week will be taking place from July 5 to 12 when communities across the UK will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide, in which over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered, simply because of their faith.
The theme for 2020 is ‘Every Action Matters’.
‘Every Action Matters’ calls upon everyone to look back at the lessons from Srebrenica and think forward about our individual moral obligations to do something, no matter how small, to make a difference.
It aims to motivate people to show people that their actions can, and do matter, and that we must always challenge hatred, prejudice and genocide denial.
Srebrenica Memorial Week is supported by many well-known figures, including Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal who has commended the Remembering Srebrenica charity for its valuable work to promote understanding and tolerance.
Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Local Communities, said: “It’s very important that we learn from the past to create a better future.
“Srebrenica Memorial Week is a time for us all to remember the millions of people killed under regimes of hatred or who have suffered atrocities.
“It is also a time to recognise that there are still people today who are persecuted because of their sex, race, gender and religious beliefs.
“Cumbria has welcomed and provided a safe haven for those who suffered from the Holocaust and the Bosnian genocide. In times of trouble, the generous people of Cumbria open their doors and hearts to survivors.
The public are invited to ‘join’ Remembering Srebrenica’s online event on Saturday 11 July at 7pm which will be streamed live on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
This year’s UK National Srebrenica Memorial Day commemoration was due to take place at St Paul’s Cathedral but will now be postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Cllr Christine Bowditch, Chair of Cumbria County Council, said: “I fully support Srebrenica Memorial Week in raising awareness of the horrors of a relatively recent genocide.
“As individuals, communities and as a county, we need to continually challenge all forms of hatred and remember that our actions can, and do matter.”