Minister GÜL: Srebrenica is a huge disgrace to humanity 12.07.2018
Srebrenica genocide, as well known in history, when at least 8.372 Bosniaks were slaughtered in the east of Bosnia Herzegovina, Srebrenica. Minister of Justice of the Republic of Turkey Abdulhamit Gül attended the memorial and funeral at the Potočari Memorial Centre and Cemetery where 35 identified victims of the genocide were buried. Gül made a speech at the memorial and said "Srebrenica is a huge disgrace to humanity. In the last quarter of the 20th century, every men and women who turned a blind eye to this terrible tragedy, remained silent and facilitated this humanity crime is as criminal as the actual perpetrators of this massacre."

WE SHARE THIS PAIN

Gül noted that despite the 23 years that passed over the genocide, the suffering of the people is very much alive. He underlined that those who perpetrated the genocide, remained silent and turned a blind eye to it even though they had the chance to prevent it, will be often judged by history and humanity.

SUCH MASSACRES AND TRAGEDIES SHOULD NEVER OCCUR AGAIN

Gül mentioned that Turkish nation is there to cooperate with the Bosniaks and wished such massacres and tragedies never occur again.

Minister Gül made an emphasis on the lack of global justice and said the strong one has its own justice restored. He continued "There is a similar situation here. In the end, the brutality will not live long but humanity and the victims will be the ones who prosper. I once again render my deepest condolences to the martyrs."

EVERY MAN AND WOMAN WHO FACILITATED THE COMMISSION OF HUMANITY CRIME IS AS CRIMINAL AS THE ACTUAL PERPETRATORS

Gül indicated that "Srebrenica is a huge disgrace to humanity. In the last quarter of the 20th century, every men and women who turned a blind eye to this terrible tragedy, remained silent and facilitated this humanity crime is as criminal as the actual perpetrators of this massacre".

Gül commemorated with mercy and gratitude the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the decedent President Aliya İzetbegoviç, and recalled Aliya's words "Do whatever you do, but don't forget the genocide, because the forgotten genocide is repeated."

Gül pointed out that even in cases where war is inevitable, it still has a law, ethics and a measure, and said "the murder of innocent civilians who have delivered their weapons and entrusted their lives and honor to international society before the eyes of the European countries under the custody of the United Nations (UN) is a crime against humanity that cannot be explained by war or combat in no way."

Describing the Srebrenica genocide as the "great shame of mankind" where young, old and infants were killed, Gül emphasized that Srebrenica is a place where humanity is lost, but at the same time is a city where human dignity will revive.

STABILITY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE EUROPE AND THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY FOR THE BALKANS

Gül emphasized that everyone should take lessons from the painful pages of history and said "the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina is essential for Europe and the world, especially for the Balkans."

Gül stated that ensuring the permanent peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a collective responsibility and continued "Bosnia and Herzegovina has the potential to become a model country in Europe with its multi-ethnical, cultural and religious social fabric. So we have to stop looking at the past and look ahead to the future, and provide business and future hope for the people of the region. Turkey took side by the Bosnia-Herzegovina at all times and circumstances, and will continue to be. I hereby commemorate our martyrs with mercy and gratitude once again. We will never forget and let them to be forgotten."

Judiciary of Turkey