11 July marks 25 years since the Srebrenica Genocide

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

Saturday the 11th of July 2020 marked twenty-five years since the atrocities of the Srebrenica massacre – an event where approximately 8000 Muslims were murdered by the Bosnian Serb Army in the designated UN safe area of Srebrenica.

Despite the lapse of a quarter of a century, the families of victims still struggle in their search for peace. To date, the bodies of over 1000 victims remain undiscovered or unidentified, making it difficult for next of kin to find any semblance of closure.

While key perpetrators of the genocide, such as Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, have been successfully prosecuted, there remain some that have yet to be brought to justice. Many survivors also continue to face obstacles in securing compensation for their suffering. For them, this sombre anniversary is a reminder of their frustrated quest for truth and justice.