The Guildhall in Hull.
The Guildhall in Hull.

Hull remembers Srebrenica victims

Hull City Council will once again mark Srebrenica Memorial Day in the city, hosting an event for members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina community.

Guests will remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the genocide between 1992 and 1995, with a specific focus on the anniversary of the atrocities at Srebrenica.

On 11 July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim people – mainly boys and men – were murdered on the basis of their ethnicity and religion.

Millions of people were displaced as a result of the conflict, with around 10,000 Bosnians coming to the UK.

A commemoration event will take place on Tuesday 11 July from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Guildhall, where speeches will be made, before prayers are said at the Peace Garden.

The Srebrenica flag will then be raised in the Garden.

Hull City Council leader Mike Ross said: “Hull is a City of Sanctuary, with a long history of welcoming those who’ve been displaced from their own country.

“Our thoughts are with anyone who had to leave friends and family members behind, and especially those who lost loved ones.

“As we’ve seen in more recent times with the Ukrainian community, but also in thinking back to Bosnian people who came here in the 1990s, we are proud of those in our city who offered a warm welcome.

“We also celebrate those who pledge to create a stronger and more cohesive society, who want to build bridges between communities.”

Councillor Kalvin Neal, Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, will attend the event.

He said: “Srebrenica Memorial Day is an important day, where we come together to say that such tragedies from the past must not occur again.”

To register an interest in attending, please email

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