Explaining the decision she made at today’s session in Mostar, the Government of the Federation of BiH stated that during the war of the 1990s, “numerous crimes were committed throughout BiH and that tragedies of enormous proportions took place”, but that “in terms of brutality and number victims of the most serious crime, genocide, committed in Srebrenica “, reports the portal Kliks.
The decision was made in order to express condolences and sympathy with the families of the victims and to remember the genocide in Srebrenica, the Government announced.
The day of mourning is marked by the obligatory lowering of the flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina on half of the spear, ie mast, on the buildings of the Government of the Federation of BiH and the institutions of that entity.
On the Day of Mourning, it is forbidden to hold cultural and entertainment programs in public places in the Federation of BiH, and media houses are obliged to adjust the program to the Day of Mourning.
The Government of the Federation made the decision on the Day of Mourning after this year, July 11 was not declared a day of mourning on the territory of the entire BiH.
The chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH, Zoran Tegeltija, said yesterday that this was not possible “due to procedural reasons”, since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH submitted the proposal of that decision only on the evening of July 6.
Sunday will mark the 26th anniversary of the genocide against Bosniaks committed by Republika Srpska Army forces in July 1995.
This morning, more than 3,000 people set off from Nezuk for a three-day “Peace March” to Potocari, to pay tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. Bosniaks broke through that path in the opposite direction, from Potocari to Nezuk, in July 1995, when Serb forces occupied Srebrenica, then a “safe zone” of the United Nations.
The genocide of Bosniaks in Srebrenica has been confirmed by numerous court rulings, from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, through the Hague Tribunal, to courts in BiH, Serbia and Croatia.