Srebrenica massacre to be marked across UK

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:33 GMT, Jul 6, 2015 |

A Westminster Abbey service is being staged to remember thousands of Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica killed by Bosnian Serb forces 20 years ago. Around 100 events are being organised across the UK over coming days in memory of the genocide in 1995.

Prime Minister David Cameron has led tributes ahead of the Westminster Abbey service, saying people “must never, ever forget what happened”.

The massacre was the worst in Europe since World War Two. It came amid the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia into independent states. Serbia backed Bosnian Serb forces fighting the Muslim-led Bosnian government during the conflict.

In July 1995, in what was supposed to have been a UN safe haven, Bosnian Serb forces took control of Srebrenica. They rounded up and killed the men and boys and buried them in mass graves.

A commemorative event will be held on Wednesday in Cardiff, hosted by First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will host a memorial service at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, on Friday. The Princess Royal will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday for Srebrenica Memorial Day.

People gathered at Belfast City Hall on Sunday to mark the start of Srebrenica Memorial Week. More than 2,000 invited guests at Monday’s service in Westminster Abbey will witness candles being lit in memory of those killed.