After several days of appeals by Bosniak institutions, friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and victims of genocide, the San Jose Center for Peace finally canceled genocide denier Michael Parenti’s lecture event . This successful initiative illustrates that every effort and fight for truth and justice eventually pays off; in this case the coordinated efforts by the signed eight institutions helped lead the way in convincing the Board of the San Jose Center for Peace and Justice to cancel the lecture. In the following letter to the Center’s President Lin, the leaders of these institutions stated:
On behalf of the survivors of the genocide and aggression that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the 350,000 individuals of Bosnian descent that reside in North America, we welcome the decision of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center to cancel Michael Parenti’s lecture on Thursday, May 31 2012. We appreciate your willingness to meet and take into account the stories of the Bosnian community members in California who are survivors of genocide and war crimes.
The decision that you have made is just and supports the peace and justice around the world. Thank you once again.
Haris Alibasic, MPA
President, Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB)
Professor Emir Ramic
Director, Institute for Research Genocide, Canada
Ajla Delkic, M.A.
Executive Director, Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACBH)
Dr. Smail Cekic
Director, Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law, University of Sarajevo
Dr. Senadin Lavic
President, Bosniak Cultural Association, Sarajevo
Sanja Seferovic-Drnovsek, J.D, MEd
Director, Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center
Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina Organizations in Australia
Secretary General of the Society for Threatened Peoples, Germany