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July 9, 2020

Mayor Jenny Wilson to Declare July 11 as Srebrenica Remembrance Day

Gabe Moreno - Email

Salt Lake County, UT — Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson will be joined by Utah Muslim Civic League Executive Director Luna Banuri and members of the Bosnian community on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the County Government Center as she signs a proclamation recognizing July 11 as Srebrenica Remembrance Day in Salt Lake County. The proclamation memorializes the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, the single largest mass murder in Europe since World War II. The massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims took place in July 1995 in the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

“We acknowledge the atrocities of the genocide that took place in Srebrenica 25 years ago,” said Mayor Wilson. “We want our Bosnian friends who now reside here in Salt Lake County to know we grieve with them and welcome them as we strive to build communities free of prejudice and intolerance.”

The Utah Muslim Civic League (UMCL) is a coalition organization made up of various Muslim entities in Utah, including Bosnian Muslims, many of whom immigrated to the U.S. as refugees after the Bosnian War. The Bosnian group has a population that supports a dedicated mosque in Salt Lake City (Islamic Society of Bosniaks in Utah).

“This proclamation highlights the lived experiences of the Bosnian refugees amongst us as well as provides the cultural context to the second generation of Bosnian Utahns,” said UMCL Director Banuri. “We look forward to providing resources and support to Mayor Wilson in advancing our community’s cause for justice."

The Salt Lake County Government Center is located at 2001 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The proclamation signing ceremony will take place inside the Council Chamber (first floor, north building, room N1-100). Face coverings are required. Social distancing will be practiced.