Boris Johnson’s refusal to apologise for racist Srebrenica comments is an insult to all UK minorities

Tonight the prime minister will be attending the national Srebrenica memorial day event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the massacre. But Boris Johnson must first say sorry for past remarks, says Tony Lloyd

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. ( AFP/Getty )

In July 1995, Srebrenica experienced a genocide on a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War. 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered, women were raped, children were killed in front of their parents, and bodies bulldozed into mass graves. The scale of the crimes exceeds comprehension.

Two years later, in 1997, Boris Johnson wrote an article challenging Bianca Jagger’s support for more direct intervention against the Serbian Army in the Bosnian war. In this, he wrote: “Alright, I say, the fate of Srebrenica was appalling. But they weren’t exactly angels, these Muslims.”

One must ask how someone could blame the victims of a genocide for such depraved abuse? What could these thousands of unarmed men, women, and children have done to be deserving of such a fate?

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