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State of Michigan Senate and House adopted the resolution commemorating Srebrenica genocide

michigan state capitolThe State of Michigan Senators and Representatives adopted the Senate Resolution SR 163 of 2014 and HR 391 of 2014 respectively, proclaiming July 11, 2014, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2014, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan. State Senators and Representatives unanimously voted to adopt the Resolution. The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), an umbrella organization representing the interests of American and Canadian Bosniaks welcomes the news of the passing of the Senate and House Resolutions. President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), Mr. Hamdija Čustović thanked Michigan legislators for their support to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosniak Americans in Michigan.

In writing on behalf of Bosniak American families who live in Michigan, Dr. Haris Alibašić, immediate past president of the CNAB, initiator of the annual resolutions in the State and cities of Michigan, stated that “Honoring and remembering the victims of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very important to Bosniak American community in Michigan and all over the world. It reminds us of the tragedy of war and the worst atrocity committed in Europe since the Holocaust. This is an important gesture to the families whose lives have been affected by the terrible tragedy of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

CNAB Department for Public Affairs

Transcript  of the Senate Resolution SR 163 of 2014

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/resolutionadopted/Senate/pdf/2014-SAR-0163.pdf

SR-163, As Adopted by Senate, June 12, 2014

Senate Resolution No. 163.

SR-163, As Adopted by Senate, June 12, 2014

Senators Schuitmaker and Hildenbrand offered the following resolution:

A resolution proclaiming July 11, 2014, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day in the state of Michigan and the week of July 11, 2014, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week.

Whereas, In 2005, both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives passed resolutions acknowledging the genocide that the Serbian forces perpetrated in Srebrenica and all of Bosnia from 1992 to 1995; and

Whereas, Since 2009, both the state of Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have adopted Srebrenica Remembrance Day and Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week resolutions every year; and

Whereas, July 11, 2014, is commemorated as the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide 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, This anniversary, together with this year’s 22nd anniversary since the beginning of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, raises awareness of the tragic suffering of the Bosnian people. It also honors and remembers over 100,000 civilians who died as a result of the policies of ethnic cleansing and aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of 1992 to 1995; and

Whereas, The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), the umbrella organization representing Bosniaks in the United States and Canada, requested this resolution; and

Whereas, The state of Michigan recognizes the importance of this event to bring closure for the Bosnian people through justice and truth; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we hereby proclaim July 11, 2014, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and the week of July 11, 2014, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That we call upon all citizens to work toward ending the cycle of violence and promoting peaceful coexistence among all.

Transcript of the House Resolution HR 391 of 2014

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/resolutionadopted/House/pdf/2014-HAR-0391.pdf

House Resolution No. 391.

A resolution to declare July 11, 2014, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2014, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives passed resolutions in 2005 acknowledging the genocide that the Serbian forces perpetrated in Srebrenica and all of Bosnia from 1992-1995; and

Whereas, Both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate have passed Srebrenica Remembrance Day and Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week resolutions every year since 2009; and

Whereas, July 11, 2014, is commemorated as the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide 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, This anniversary, together with this year’s 22nd anniversary since the beginning of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, raises awareness of the tragic suffering of the Bosnian people and honors and remembers over 100,000 civilians who died as a result of the policies of ethnic cleansing and aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of 1992-1995; and

Whereas, The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), the umbrella organization representing Bosniaks in the United States and Canada requested this resolution; and

Whereas, The state of Michigan recognizes the importance of this event to bring closure for the Bosnian people through justice and truth; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives,

That the members of this legislative body declare July 11, 2014, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2014, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan; and

be it further Resolved, That we call upon all citizens to work toward ending the cycle of violence and promoting peaceful coexistence among all.