The State of Michigan Representatives adopted the House Resolution HR No. 112 of 2015, a resolution to declare July 11, 2015, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2015, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide. The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), an umbrella organization representing the interests of American and Canadian Bosniaks welcomed the news of the passing of the House Resolution. President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), Mr. Hamdija Čustović thanked the Michigan legislators for their support to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosniak Americans in Michigan in commemorating the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide, adding “the importance of memory, justice and peace transcends national borders and is about human dignity and path to a better future.”
Dr. Haris Alibašić, CNAB activist and initiator of the resolution in the State of Michigian, stated on behalf of Bosniak families in Michigan, that “By adopting the HR 112 of 2015, Michigan House of Representatives, just like in previous years, paid the respect and honored the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, and elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” CNAB Board of Directors expresses gratitutde to Dr. Alibašić for his continued efforts in the state of Michigan to promote awareness about the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina which is of extreme importance in order to preserve the truth about genocide and aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Transcript of the House Resolution HR 112 of 2015
House Resolution No. 112. A resolution to declare July 11, 2015, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2015, 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 Senate have passed Srebrenica Remembrance Day and Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week resolutions since 2009; and
Whereas, July 11, 2015, is commemorated as the 20th 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 23rd 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 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, 2015, as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and July 11-17, 2015, as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan; and be it further Resolved,
That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the representatives of the Congress of North American Bosniaks as evidence of our profound respect and esteem.