Bridging the divide, confronting hate.
Thursday 11th July 2019
This year marks the 24th year since the genocide in Srebrenica
(Sreh-breh-NEET-sah), in Bosnia-Herzegovina, when 8,372
predominantly Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in the
worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.
The disintegration of Yugoslavia, such a seemingly well-integrated
country, was ripped open by the politics of division, hatred and
ethnic nationalism, and Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats and Bosnian
Muslims, turned against each other.
National campaign: Bridging the Divide:
The theme of 'Bridging the Divide: Confronting Hate' is inspired
by the famous Stari Most Bridge in Mostar - a rebuilt 16th-century
Ottoman bridge that stood for over 400 years before being destroyed
during the genocide and ethnic cleansing and subsequently
Once renowned as being one of the most integrated parts of Bosnia
prior to the war, communities in Mostar are now separated by
religion. It's a stark reminder that no society is invulnerable to
prejudice and intolerance - and why we should all make a promise to
Steve Prescott Bridge
In solidarity with the campaign's message above and in
remembrance of the victims, the Steve Prescott Bridge will shine
green on the 11th July - green being one of the main colours of the
Srebrenica Remembrance flower - the colour of hope. We will also be
flying the 'St.Helens - No Place for Hate' flag on the Town
The act of bridging the divide and confronting hate is needed
more than ever before. Far from being confined to the past, the
language of division and acts of hatred are familiar today to
people across the world. Right here in the UK, hate crime is on the
rise in our own communities with the number of hate crime incidents
soaring by 40% in the last year and three-quarters of hate
incidents classified as race hate
Be #BetterThanThat: Stand United Against Hate
When one person stands up and speaks out against prejudice and
hatred, they inspire others to follow and build a stronger
foundation to confronting and challenging hate.
If you feel strongly about the heinous nature of hate crime, join
us today by making a personal promise to show that you won't ignore
the hateful abuse of others - that you will report it, and that if
it is safe to do so, will stop it.
It takes less than 2 minutes. Make your promise here