What does the draft Resolution on Srebrenica contain?

The draft Resolution on the Srebrenica Genocide was approved on May 2nd, but there are no indications yet when is the vote on it in the UN General Assembly going to take place.

The proposed resolution advocates for July 11 to be recognized globally as the official International Day of Remembrance for the victims of what it terms the “Srebrenica genocide.”

The resolution is spearheaded by Germany and Rwanda and backed by the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other nations. It also urges the rejection of any attempts to deny the occurrence of the genocide.

Here are the main points of the draft Resolution:

“Noting that 2025 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, in which at least 8,372 lives were lost, thousands were displaced, and families and communities were devastated, the UN General Assembly

  1. Decides to designate 11 July as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica to be observed annually;
  2. Condemns without reservation any denial of the Srebrenica Genocide as a historical event, and urges Member States to preserve the established facts, including through their educational systems by developing appropriate programs, also in remembrance, towards preventing denial and distortion, and occurrence of genocides in the future;
  3. Also condemns without reservation actions that glorify those convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by international courts, including those responsible for the Srebrenica Genocide;
  4. Emphasizes the importance of completing the process of finding and identifying the remaining victims of the Srebrenica Genocide and according to them dignified burial and calls for the continued prosecution of those perpetrators of the Srebrenica Genocide that have yet to face justice;
  5. Urges all States to fully adhere to their obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, as applicable, and customary international law on genocide prevention and punishment with due regard to relevant ICJ decisions,
  6. Requests the Secretary-General to establish an outreach programme entitled „The Srebrenica Genocide and the United Nations“, starting its activities with preparations for the 30th anniversary in 2025, and further requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and civil society organizations for appropriate observance,
  7. Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations, and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and other relevant stakeholders to observe the International Day, including special observances and activities in memory and honor of the victims of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica, as well as appropriate education and public awareness- raising activities”.

(021.rs, 02.05.2024)


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