City of Charlotte, North Carolina, has honored the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide by proclaiming July 11th as Srebrenica Remembrance Day. The following is a text of the proclamation honoring 8,372 who died and 30,000 Bosniaks that were expelled during the first genocide since the Holocaust of Jews.
WHEREAS, North Carolina his home to more than 10,000 Bosniak Americans including thousands in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, who have successfully integrated into the Charlotte community and are working towards a better future; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) is an umbrella organization representing Bosniaks in the United States and Canada; and
WHEREAS, July 11, 2010 is commemorated as the 15th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, in which at least 8,372 innocent Bosniak civilians were summarily executed and 30,000 were expelled from their homes in the worst atrocity in Europe since the Holocaust; and
WHEREAS, July 11, 2010 will be known as Srebrenica Remembrance Day; and
WHEREAS, the anniversary raises awareness of the tragic suffering of the Bosnian people and honors and remembers those who died as a result of the policies of ethnic cleansing and aggression; and
WHEREAS, both, the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives passed resolutions in 2005 acknowledging the genocid ethat the Serbian forces perpetrated in Srebrenica, and all of Bosnia from 1992 to 1995:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Anthony R. Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, do hereby proclaim the week of July 11, 2010 as
“BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TRIBUTE WEEK”
in Charlotte and commend its observance to all citizens.
WITNESS MY HAND and the official Seal of the City of Charlotte
SEAL MAYOR’s Signature