Moderator urges all faiths to learn lessons of Bosnian massacre at first Scottish memorial event

Today the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev John Chalmers will address the first Memorial Event held in Scotland for the 8,000 men and boys killed in the Srebrenica genocide of 1995.

The event at Bute House, Edinburgh, hosted by External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf MSP will also include addresses by two of the Mothers of Srebrenica and a film depicting the contrast between the natural beauty of Bosnia with the Srebrenica genocide victims’ subsequent suffering.

In February this year a delegation of leading Scots, led by Angus Robertson MP and including former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Lorna Hood, visited Bosnia and Herzegovina at the invitation of the UK charity, Remembering Srebrenica which seeks to raise the profile of the largest massacre on European soil since World War Two.

Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said:

“The massacre at Srebrenica in 1995 was a dreadful wrong made all the more disturbing in that it happened at the end of a century when we thought that such genocide would never happen again on European soil.

“The fact that this awful wrong was committed in the name of religion should never be forgotten and people of every religion should look deep within themselves for the true purpose of their faith, so that these things never happen again.

“The fact that the victims were failed by the international community is also a dreadful wrong. It is right, therefore, that year after year we should hold such a remembrance, so that we do not repeat our inaction when such evils occur in other places.

“So many were affected by these awful days of targeted killing, so we hold in our prayers those who died, those whose remains are still to be identified and those who mourn such great loss. Without remembering we cannot hope to learn.”