There will be a conference in Rome to mark the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica and of the signing of the Dayton treaty to end the war in Bosnia on 27 May.
The conference has been organised by the community of Bosnia Herzegovina in Italy in conjunction with Planet No Profit and Infinito edizioni, which has recently published Srebrenica. I giorni della vergogna by Luca Leone. Sala Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Via Mingheti 30 (corner Via del Corso), 10.00-13.30. For information tel. 069309839 or see www.infinitoedizioni.it.
On 11 July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces commanded by General Ratko Mladic entered Srebrenica in north-eastern Bosnia, a safe area under United Nations protection since April 1993, and began a massacre, which the International Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia in The Hague defined nine years later as genocide.
Between 11 and 19 July 1993, at least 7,500 Muslim Bosnians of fighting age were deported and killed, according to official Bosnian government and International Red Cross figures. However, the families of the victims speak of 10,701 dead, including many children and elderly people. Since then, they have been engaged in a difficult struggle to bring the perpetrators to justice so that their loved ones can finally rest in peace.
At the conference on 27 May Amor Mas, president of the Federal Commission for Tracing Missing Persons in Sarajevo, will describe the long and difficult process of recovering and identifying the human remains of the victims from hundreds of primary and secondary mass graves. Enisa Bukvi, head of the Community of Bosnia Herzegovina in Italy, will invite participants not to forget, as it is only with a clear memory of tragedies such as Srebrenica that it may be possible to avoid further massacres in future.