TRT World Forum Digital Debates discuss Srebrenica Genocide on 25th anniversary

7 July 2020

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, as part of a week-long discussion series with the participation of special guests, Digital Debates discusses human rights, war crimes and the effectiveness and challenges of the implementation of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle in an effort to help prevent massacres and genocides.


The first session will take place today (Tuesday, July 7) at 5:00 pm GMT (8:00 pm local Turkey time) with the attendance of Dr. Waqar Azmi, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica to discuss the ‘The Enduring Denial of Genocide’.


The session seeks to address the obstacles hampering reconciliation, the strategies used by genocide deniers, as well as questioning how Republika Srpska’s ongoing calls for secession affect reconciliation?


The other sessions are listed as follows:


July 8th at 5:00 pm GMT: ‘Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Prosecution of War Criminals’ with Dr. Nevenka Tromp Vrkic, Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.


July 9th at 4:00 pm GMT: ‘The UN’s Responsibility to Protect Srebrenica’, Toby Cadman, Co-founder and Head of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers.


July 10th at 5:00 pm GMT: ‘How International Justice Failed in Srebrenica’, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Lead Prosecutor in the Slobodan Milosevic trial at the UN-run International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia


July 11th at 5:00 pm GMT: ‘The Humanitarian Scale of the Bosnian War and the Srebrenica Genocide’, Kathryne Bomberger, Director General of the International Commission on Missing Persons.



Everyone can join the sessions:


The sessions will be broadcast online on TRT World Forum’s social media accounts. Attendees are encouraged to address their questions during the live Q&A sessions.


YouTube: @TRTWorldForum

Facebook: @TRTWorldForum

Twitter: @ TRTWorldForum


What happened in Srebrenica:


In July 1995, half a century after the Holocaust, Europe witnessed another genocide. In the wake of Yugoslavia’s dissolution, thousands of civilians escaped to Srebrenica, a UN-designated safe area. However, under the watch of Dutch UN protection forces, the Bosnian Serb forces systematically massacred more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. The ramifications of the massacre continue to haunt the victims’ families and the international community’s conscience.


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