We will make sure that the Nobel Prize gets discredited permanently, the head of the Srebrenica Memorial Centre Emir Suljagic said Friday, adding he will attend the peaceful protest in Stockholm on December 10, the day when the Austrian author Peret Handke will receive the Nobel Prize.
The Nobel Prize is a prize that canonizes an author. The Swedish Academy has canonized an author whose works promote the denial of genocide. The Swedish Academy has canonized the denial of genocide,” Suljagic said.
Representatives of associations of the Srebrenica genocide survivors, Suljagic and others said they are going to Sweden with a message that they will not be silenced.
“Our voice was heard, our voice is heard and our voice will be heard. The only consequence of the Nobel Prize award ceremony will be the fact that we will make sure that the Nobel Prize gets discredited permanently,” Suljagic noted.
He added he supports the idea of making a special room at the Potocari Memorial Centre dedicated to all those who deny the genocide and other events in Srebrenica.
The Academy came under heavy criticism from politicians, NGOs and intellectuals for bestowing a genocide denier with the Nobel Prize. Handke is known in the Balkans for his support for late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who died in his cell awaiting his verdict at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague for his role in the wars in former Yugoslavia.
Handke spoke at his funeral. He also openly supported Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, both convicted of genocide committed in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995, when more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed under the watch of the United Nations.