STRADUN Dubrovnik Commemorates Anniversary of Srebrenica Killings

Author(s): Olja Ljubišić Photographer(s): Aida Čakić
Wearing white T-shirts with sign 'Never forget – Srebrenica – 1995 – 2017' hundred people gathered at Onofrio's fountain to pay their respects to victims of 1995 massacre. 

Quiet walk through Stradun was organized by the Council of Bosniak National Minority of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Council of Bosniak National Minority of City of Dubrovnik to commemorate 22nd anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide and the victims. Dubrovnik’s mayor Mato Franković and City Council President Marko Potrebica attended.

The youngest victim among those who were buried was Damir Suljic, who was 15 when he was killed in July 1995 after the Bosnian Serb Army overran the UN-protected ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica and subsequently executed some 8,000 Bosniak men and boys. Suljic was buried next to his father, grandfather and uncle, who were also killed in the massacres, Anadolu news agency reported.

The killings have been defined as genocide by international and Bosnian court verdicts, although Bosnian Serb officials and the government in Serbia reject the definition. Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday however that the actions of the Bosnian Serb Army in Srebrenica in 1995 constituted a “great crime”, Balkan Insight writes.

‘We need to pay our respects to all the innocent victims that have gone through the terror of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia, and we have to fight that it never happens again. Croatia has taken a clear stand that genocide has been committed in Srebrenica, and today we recall pray in silence for the innocent victims,’ City Council President Marko Potrebica said adding that it is time to turn a new page and build common future.

Hollywood actress and director Angelina Jolie addressed and send powerful message to the Survivors via moving video during Commemoration in London. 

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