A Scottish delegation starts a four day visit today to Bosnia-Herzegovina today (Monday), headed by the Westminster SNP Leader Angus Robertson MP.
The ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ visits are organised by the UK Charity ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ set up to learn from the genocide and victims’ lives to help build a safer and better society for everyone.
Members of the delegation include: Right Reverend Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Ann McKechin, Labour MP for Glasgow North and former Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland; Sergeant David Hamilton, Chair of the Scottish Police Federation North Area; David Pratt, Award winning Foreign Affairs Editor of the Sunday Herald; and, Seonag MacKinnon, Head of Communications for the Church of Scotland.
Angus Robertson MP reported from the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s as a journalist, and was a speaker at the inaugural UK Srebrenica Memorial event together with Foreign Secretary William Hague, former EU Bosnia High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown and victims of the Srebrenica massacre.
Between 1994 and 1996 Sergeant David Hamilton was a volunteer aid worker with the charity Edinburgh Direct Aid delivering aid from Scotland to Bosnia including the survivors of Srebrenica. David is married to Julie Witcutt whose mother was also an aid worker for Edinburgh Direct Aid and killed by a sniper in 1993 as she left Sarajevo. David helped to open the ‘Christine Witcutt Memorial Centre for Children with Special Needs’ in Sarajevo in 2001.
The Head of the delegation, Angus Robertson MP said: “I am delighted to lead Remembering Srebrenica’s delegation from Scotland as part of their ‘Lessons from Srebrenica Visits Programme”.
“We must never ever forget the act of genocide that happened at Srebrenica and it is a duty of every one, irrespective of race or religion, to teach the generations that follow us to challenge the evils of hatred, racism and extremism at all times, which is why the Remembering Srebrenica’s ‘Lessons from Srebrenica Visits’ are so important”.
The Chairman of the UK charity ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ Dr Waqar Azmi said: “Remembering Srebrenica’s ‘Lessons from Srebrenica Visits Programme’ provides an opportunity for many lost and unheard voices to tell their stories. It is only by putting names to numbers and memories to words that victims of this heinous crime can be humanised, and we can learn the lessons to confront hatred to help build a safer and better society for everyone”.