Remembering Srebrenica

Published on 3rd July 2018

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Gloucestershire’s commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide and launch of the 'We are One' Upstander Awards will be held on Wednesday 11 July at the Municipal Offices, Cheltenham.

A ‘Remembering Srebrenica - Acts of Courage’ event will be hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council together with charitable initiative ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ and partners, at 6.30pm (exhibition open from 6pm) on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the Municipal Offices.

To commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the council  and partners are inviting all to attend a ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ uplifting and inspiring event which honours ordinary Bosnian citizens who undertook extraordinary acts to stand up to hatred and division during the Bosnian war.

Cheltenham’s commemoration will include a short memorial film: ‘Acts of Courage’, a reading by the Bishop of Gloucester, survivor stories, the launch of the ‘We are One’ Upstander awards and a candle lighting.

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles from Cheltenham Borough Council, said, “Bosnia is a beautiful country, with many people who want to see a real move towards democracy. They know how important it is both to remember what happened, to learn from it and to create a new future. We all need to be vigilant against hate in our society and jointly hosting this important countywide event helps to remind people of the devastating path discrimination, stereotyping and victimisation can take.”

Anousheh Haghdadi co-chair of SW region for Remembering Srebrenica continued, “We are delighted to be working with Cheltenham Borough Council and we hope many will come along to this thought provoking event. We are especially pleased to be working with partners Victim Support and the Gloucestershire Hate Crime and Hate Incident Strategic Group to launch the 'We are One' Upstander Awards. These awards will celebrate everyday acts of courage by ordinary people in Gloucestershire in standing up to hate and intolerance and building more inclusive communities."

To book this ticketed but free of charge event use Eventbrite or email southwest@srebrenica.org.uk


For media enquiries please contact Jemima Lawson 01242 264332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes:

Remembering Srebrenica is a charitable initiative which aims to teach current and future generations about the consequences of hatred and intolerance in all communities through learning the lessons from Srebrenica.

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