• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • People carry coffins to graves at the Memorial Center Potocari, near Srebrenica.

    People carry coffins to graves at the Memorial Center Potocari, near Srebrenica. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 July 2015

Mourners have converged on a cemetery near Srebrenica in Bosnia to remember loved ones lost in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

Tens of thousands gathered near Srebrenica in Bosnia Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.

Carried out in the final days of the Bosnian war, the massacre saw over 8000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces.

The mass killing has been ruled a genocide by a United Nations court, though the label remains controversial among Serbs. Yet few dispute the massacre was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II, and was part of a broader ethno-religious conflict that left scars that persist today.

Fewer than one in five Bosnian Muslims say they would be comfortable with their child marrying a Christian, according to a Pew study released Friday.

Lingering tension was on full display when Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic made an appearance at a cemetery near Srebrenica, where the largest commemorations took place. During the 1990s, Vucic was a staunch ultra-nationalist. According to Reuters, a crowd of mourners chased Vucic from the cemetery, after he attempted to place flowers near graves. He was reportedly pelted with stones, and chased from the cemetery by a crowd, carrying a banner bearing his own wartime slogan, “For every Serb killed, we will kill 100 Muslims.”

Serbia denies the Srebrenica killings were a genocide.

Look at (Vucic) and look at those thousands of tombstones,” mourner Hamida Dzanovic told Reuters.

“Is he not ashamed to say that this was not genocide?” She said.

RELATED: Suspected War Criminals Detained in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Post with no comments.