The Mothers of Srebrenica have issued an open letter to the University of Vienna, urging a public apology in response to Professor Manoschek’s denial of the genocide. Professor Manoschek himself is a former student and lecturer at the University of Vienna.
Despite the direct and respectful approach taken by the Mothers of Srebrenica in addressing the university regarding the denial of the Srebrenica Genocide by one of its professors, no apology has been issued. It is disheartening that the rector of the university did not personally respond to the letter from the Association of Citizens “Mothers of Srebrenica” and instead, an unsigned response was received, denying any involvement in the Bosnian Genocide. This behavior underscores the need for greater recognition and accountability surrounding the atrocities of the Bosnian Genocide on an international scale.
Therefore, member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada Esad Širbegović started an online petition in support of the Mothers of Srebrenica.
Here are some comments from people that signed the petition:
Samir Ohran wrote:
“Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden. It’s absurd that in the 21st century, we have to bring evidence for something that is a well-known fact. This is not based on our opinions and feelings. It’s based on verdicts from the International Court of Justice in The Hague.”
Ibrahim Hodžić wrote:
“I didn’t expect it from Austria, a country that played an undeniable role in the Holocaust. The university and its leadership should have known the ramifications of genocide denial. It’s wrong, very wrong, Islamophobic, and a disgusting behavior from the so-called professor and the university’s leadership.”
Muaz Lemes wrote:
“If we truly respect human values and live in a democracy, then no one should deny the genocide, especially if they come from the EU and have a high level of education. Let’s respect the innocent victims and stand against genocide, ensuring that it never happens anywhere to anyone. Thank you.”
Tanya Domi President of the Advisory Board at Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) and an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs wrote:
“Because Genocide denial is a continuation of the genocide itself.”