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Genocide in Prijedor
STATE OF MICHIGAN HOUSE ADOPTED THE RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING MAY 31, 2015 AS WHITE ARMBAND DAY
BOSNIAN / BOSANSKI
The State of Michigan Representatives adopted the House Resolution HR 96 of 2015, proclaiming May 31, 2015 as White Armband Day in the State of Michigan. State Representatives unanimously voted to adopt the Resolution. The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), an umbrella organization representing the interests of American and Canadian Bosniaks welcomes the news of the passing of the House Resolution. President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), Mr. Hamdija Čustović thanked the Michigan legislators for their support to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosniak Americans in Michigan in commemorating the 23rd anniversary when the Serb authorities in Prijedor ordered all non-Serbs to mark their houses with white flags or sheets and to wear a white armband if they left their houses.
Mr. Sanel Fazlić, a Bosniak activist from Grand Rapids, MI, survivor of the atrocities in Kozarac, said that he felt honored by this resolution, and privileged to live in a state that recognizes the importance of truly remembering the victims of genocide in Prijedor and elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina that occurred only two decades ago in the heart of Europe.
In writing on behalf of Bosniak American families in Michigan, Dr. Haris Alibašić, immediate past president of the CNAB, initiator of the resolution in the State and city of Michigan, stated that "The HR 96 of 2015 is another important gesture by Michigan elected officials to the families whose lives have been affected by the terrible tragedy of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It reminds us of the tragedy of war and the worst atrocity committed in Europe since the Holocaust and what happens to when bigotry, hatred, and evil prevail. The horrors of the genocide anywhere in the world should never be forgotten."