Srebrenica massacre

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The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide[1] (Bosnian: Masakr u Srebrenici; Genocid u Srebrenici), was the July 1995 genocide[2] of 8,373 Bosniaks, mainly military-aged men and boys in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War by the Army of Republika Srpska (the Serb Republic of Bosnia) instructed by Ratko Mladić.

Srebrenica genocide
Srebrenica is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Srebrenica
Srebrenica
Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Native nameMasakr u Srebrenici
Genocid u Srebrenici
LocationSrebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date11 July 1995 (1995-07-11) – 22 July 1995; 26 years ago (1995-07-22)
TargetBosniak men and boys
Attack type
Mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide
Deaths8,372
PerpetratorsArmy of Republika Srpska
MotiveIslamophobia and Serbian nationalism
Some of the graves of the victims
The memorial stone of the genocide.


In 2005, Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, described the genocide as the worst crime against humanity in Europe since the Second World War.[3]

In July 2015, Russia disliked a UN request that would have declare the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide.[4] The Serbian Prime Minister at that time, Tomislav Nikolić, later thanked Russia for disliking said request, as it would paint Serbia up as a country of genocide.[5] No further request by the UN has been attempted to declare it as a genocide since.

References[change | change source]

    • "European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2009 on Srebrenica". European Parliament. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  1. UN Press Release SG/SM/9993UN, 11/07/2005 "Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s message to the ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari-Srebrenica". Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. "Russia threatens veto on UN vote calling Srebrenica 'a crime of genocide'". the Guardian.
  3. "Russia blocks U.N. condemnation of Srebrenica as a genocide". Reuters. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2022-01-24.