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Thousands killed in Srebrenica massacre to be remembered during memorial week

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon walks in front of a memorial stone inscribed with names of people killed in the Srebrenica massacre in 2012
Áine Quinn

THOUSANDS of men and boys killed in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 will be remembered in a series of events.

More than 8,000 Muslim males were killed by Bosnian-Serb forces on July 11 1995 and a further 20,000 civilians were forced out of the Srebrenica area, in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Remembering Srebrenica NI has organised events running from tomorrow until July 15.

The charity aims to bring communities together, by learning from the past, and tackling all forms of hatred while also highlighting the courage of the survivors of what has become known as one of the worst cases of ethnic cleansing ever in Europe.

Tomorrow, Crescent Arts Centre will hold a special screening of the documentary Fog of Srebrenica.

On July 10, Belfast City Hall will hold the official Northern Ireland commemoration and on July 15, an interfaith peace walk will take place between Belfast City Hall and St Anne's Cathedral.

Peter Osborne, chair of Srebrenica Remembers NI said: “Commemoration events are specifically interfaith, to challenge stereotypes, to confront hate and to raise awareness of the genocide.

"The ten steps to genocide initially include attitudes of us and them, the use of symbols, discrimination and de-humanising behaviour. All societies are capable of treating others differently; all have lessons to learn.”

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