WEBINAR: UN Srebrenica Resolution

On June 12, 2024, Strategic Analysis organized the fifth online webinar this year with our Young Leaders‘ Programme members. The discussion focused on the recent adoption of a UN resolution, establishing July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

The UN General Assembly on May 23, 2024, adopted a resolution establishing an annual International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 genocide on July 11. The resolution was adopted despite a campaign by Serbia and its allies against it.

Eighty – four countries voted for the resolution, and 19 voted against it. Another 68 countries abstained, while 22 did not vote. Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the United States, United Kingdom and France they have voted for the resolution, while Russia and China voted against it.

Among Balkan and Central European countries, Serbia and Hungary voted against, Slovakia and Greece abstained, while the rest were in favor.

Germany’s permanent representative to the UN, Antje Leendertse, emphasized that the resolution aims to honor the memory of victims and support survivors affected by the Srebrenica genocide. She underscored the crucial role of international courts in ensuring accountability for genocide perpetrators and combating impunity.

Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucić, criticized the resolution as highly politicized, warning of potential future resolutions of genocide issues. Serbia has vehemently opposed the resolution, arguing it unfairly assigns collective guilt to the Serbian people.

he resolution, co-sponsored by Germany and Rwanda and supported by over 30 countries, designates July 11 as the International Day of Reflection and Commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. It unequivocally condemns denial of the genocide and glorification of war criminals by international courts.

Additionally, the resolution urges UN member states to uphold established historical facts through educational programs, aiming to prevent denial and distortion of genocides in the future. It emphasizes individual criminal accountability under international law and highlights commitment to stability and unity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.