Thursday 4th July is an important date. So is Thursday 11th.


While my own and many other people’s eyes are focussed on the UK General Election this Thursday, please take a moment the following Thursday (11th) to remember the 29th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, which took place in July 1995.

Better still, if you can be in the centre of Birmingham at lunchtime on 11th, please join us at Remembering Srebrenica’s memorial event at Birmingham City Council House, Birmingham B1 1BB. Details are below.

We must never forget the atrocities that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. We owe it to the victims and the survivors of that genocide to remember the horrors they endured in what has been described as the worst mass crime on European soil since World War II. We also owe it to future generations to speak out about the war crimes that continue to be committed today and to combat the spread of hate that destroys lives – whether at home or overseas.

My blog post on here two months ago explained some of the reasons I say that.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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