Statement by Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, on the High-level Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide.
During the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 8.000 Bosniak men and boys were killed in and around the town of Srebrenica in July 1995 - a crime which was later labelled by the UN Secretary-General as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice later determined that the mass murder at Srebrenica amounted to an act of genocide - a classification widely shared within the international community but still not universally accepted.
The UN later acknowledged its responsibility for failing to protect the people who sought shelter and relief in Srebrenica, which led to its resolve to take early and effective action to prevent the recurrence of such a tragedy.
25 years later, divisive and nationalist rhetoric, denials and trivializations of the genocide in
Srebrenica and other crimes as well as glorification of war criminals continue. It is therefore
essential to continue on the path of transitional justice, which is the only way that can lead to
genuine reconciliation and lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the whole Western
The High-level Commemoration aims to provide Member States with the opportunity to express their solidarity and share their best practices to achieve reconciliation. It also provides an opportunity to look at how UN peacekeeping missions can help prevent future atrocities.
- H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th session of the General Assembly
- Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
- Ms. Amina Krvavac, Director of the War Childhood Museums