DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

25 November, 2009


Srebrenica Genocide Blog Wishes a Happy Statehood Day to all citizens of Srebrenica and Bosnia-Herzegovina!

PHOTO: Celebration of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Statehood Day in Srebrenica on 25 November 2009. Credits: Friends of Srebrenica.

On the occasion of 25th November, Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Srebrenica Cultural Center organized a ceremony attended by the representatives of the Municipality of Srebrenica who congratulated all citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina, diaspora, and especially the citizens of Srebrenica the Statehood Day of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

25th November marks the day in 1943 that the statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established in Mrkonjic Grad at the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia.

"25 November marks as one of the most important dates in the history of our country. What the representatives of all people of Bosnia-Herzegovina had done at a session in Mrkonjic Grad was invaluable for the future and it had guaranteed the survival of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

In World War II, the city became renowned by the first meeting of ZAVNOBiH on November 25, 1943, when Bosnia and Herzegovina was proclaimed as a common republic of Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims/Bosniaks. "ZAVNOBIH" is short for "The State Anti-Fascist Council for the People's Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina." For the most of Bosnian war the city was in Bosnian Serb hands, but HVO (Croat Defence Council) units took it in 1995, while Serbian population fled. After the Dayton peace agreement the city was assigned to the entity of Republika Srpska.

According to the decision of the Srebrenica Municipal Assembly, all citizens of Srebrenica who mark the 25th November as their holidays are now entitled to paid leave from work.

"We hope that in future we will prove that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country which guarantees full equality to all of its citizens, and that tolerance and multiculturalism is the only correct way for all of us in Bosnia - the country in which the diversity has always represented a value - and never a threat, and we hope to continue celebrating this holiday in the future together," was the message of today's meeting held in Srebrenica on the occasion of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Statehood Day.