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The Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina

cordially invites you to commemorate the anniversary of the

Srebrenica Genocide

Thursday, July 11, 2019

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253

Opening Remarks

Ajla Delkic
President, Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina


Elvir Klempic
Srebrenica Genocide Survivor

Jackie Subar
Assistant Director of Political Outreach, American Jewish Committee

Please RSVP at [email protected]

Please join us in commemorating the Srebrenica genocide on Capitol Hill and help us stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the worst war crime committed on European soil since World War II. After the Holocaust, the world vowed "Never Again," but the fall of the United Nations "safe area" of Srebrenica to Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces in July of 1995 stands out as the international community's most egregious failure to intervene during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It led to genocide, forced displacement, and a legacy of loss. The ongoing and overt denial of genocide by Bosnia and Herzegovina's smaller entity Republika Srpska, as well as the political leadership of neighboring Serbia continues to stifle progress and reconciliation, contributing to overall insecurity of the entire Southeast Europe.

Twenty-four years after the Srebrenica genocide, the world continues to grapple with extreme acts of violence that stem from hatred of the "other" as was most recently seen in Christchurch, New Zealand. This act of terror on innocent men, women and children at two mosques was in part inspired by the orchestrators of the Srebrenica genocide, who ordered the slaughter of over 8,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys in July of 1995. The terrorist, who is an Australian native, listened to Serb nationalist Chetnik songs on his way to murder 51 innocent people and injure dozens more.

Further, the rise of anti-Semitism around the world and here at home, as was most recently seen with attacks on the Tree of Life Synagogue that took the lives of 11 innocent people during Shabbat morning services, and the Poway Synagogue shooting that took the life of one woman and injured three others begs the questions, are we beginning to forget the lessons of the past, and what can U.S. Congress do to better equip us and our law enforcement officials to fight these kinds of threats and violent ideology?

To commemorate the Srebrenica genocide this year, the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina will be joined by a panel of distinguished speakers who will discuss their important work on combating genocide denial, highlight the challenges that remain and give examples of what U.S. policymakers can do to help combat the rise of violent extremism.

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