Remembering Srebrenica in Northampton
Residents and visitors are invited to come together on Thursday 11 July as the town remembers the Srebrenica genocide with a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
The ceremony will begin with the Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Nazim Choudary raising the flag in front of the Guildhall at midday.
Then in the Guildhall Courtyard, the Mayor and members of Northamptonshire Police will lead a two minute silence in honour of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys who were massacred in and around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
The ceremony with come to a close with a short speech from Ken Howlett, the Chair of NIFF, and a reading of an account of a visit to Srebrenica by Councillor Anna King.
Councillor Choudary said: “I am proud to be raising the Remember Srebrenica flag on behalf of Northampton tomorrow and hope it will raise public awareness of this very important international day of commemoration.
“I hope as many people as possible will join myself, member of Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police as we gather to remember the sacrifice and suffering of all those affected and to reaffirm our own commitment to strong community relations here in the town and the UK as a whole.”
Sector commander Chief Inspector James Willis, who oversees hate crime for Northamptonshire Police, said: “The events in Srebrenica in 1995 are recognised as genocide, the ultimate manifestation of unchecked intolerance and hatred. It’s right that we come together to remember the victims of this atrocity, and to do all we can individually and collectively to show there is no place for hate in our society.
“Northamptonshire Police is committed to challenging all forms of hatred, prejudice and intolerance within our communities. If you have experienced a hate crime or incident, please report it to us on 101.”