Dear Senator Biden,
A trusted friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people: Senator Joseph Biden
We are honored and pleased to inform you that, upon nomination by the Bosniak American Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, you have been chosen to receive the prestigious “Srebrenica 1995” award. The award is given to exemplary individuals by the associations of families of the genocide victims from Srebrenica jointly with the Institute for Research into Crimes against Humanity and International Law from Sarajevo. You have been a tireless promoter of human rights and we hereby invite you to receive the award on July 10th, 2008, in the Memorial Centre Potocari – Srebrenica as a recognition of your contributions. In past years, the ceremony has been attended by over 10,000 people, including dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps.
The “Srebrenica 1995” award was established to represent the fight against genocide and to promote peace and tolerance in the world. It was established on July 10, 2005 by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr. Mustafa ef. Ceric at the initiative of association of the families of genocide victims from Sarajevo, Tuzla and Srebrenica.
On July 11, 1995, the Republika Srpska Army and Police murdered more than 8,000 Bosniaks in Srebrenica, committing the largest genocide in Europe after World War II. Humanity must not forget this horrific crime. Srebrenica should serve as a reminder, to be revisited in our memory and taught to new generations in order to prevent this planetary evil from ever happening again. With the aim of fighting oblivion and raising awareness, the “Srebrenica 1995” award is given to individuals and institutions from various fields who have led a firm and consistent battle against genocide,
the gravest of all crimes against humanity and international law.
Esteemed Senator, you are a trusted friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people. You have called for the lifting of the arms embargo against Bosnia during the 1992-1995 aggression against the Bosnian people, and have sponsored numerous resolutions on Bosnia among which is S. Res. 134 in the United States Congress, which stated that genocide was committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnians of all ethnicities remain indebted to you for your relentless work and for the positions you have taken in support of the innocent and for justice.
Mirsad Hadzikadic, President