Congresswoman Johnson’s Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide
Washington, D.C. Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide.
“Tomorrow will mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide that took place at Srebrenica. In 1992, following Bosnia and Herzegovina’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia, Bosnian Serb forces, also called the Army of Republika Srpska, attacked Eastern Bosnia in order to unify and secure Serb territory. During this struggle for control, those Bosnian Serb forces committed crimes of ethnic cleansing and the systematic murder of the non-Serb population. Over 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were systematically executed at Srebrenica in July 1995.
“The House of Representatives rightfully classified the atrocities that happened in Srebrenica and other policies of aggression and ethnic cleansing by Serb forces during the Bosnian War as genocide in 2005, and again in 2015.
“During my time in Congress, I have had the opportunity to meet the mothers of the boys and men killed during the war and have heard their stories of grief and sorrow.
“As a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Bosnia, I have also seen how the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina has overcome many obstacles and developed since declaring independence. Though significant progress has been achieved, there is more work left be done. Peace is fragile in this region and the International community must continue its efforts to ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a peaceful and inclusive country.
“On Monday, I, along with the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Representative Eliot Engel of New York, will be introducing a Resolution in the House of Representatives honoring those who lost their lives during the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. The Resolution is also a testament of support for the Bosnian people’s aspiration for greater Euro-Atlantic integration.
“The genocide at Srebrenica serves as a reminder of the consequences that occur when the international community fails to react to actions of military force. I stand with the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide and believe this tragedy should never be forgotten.”