Canadian Bosnians mark the 30th anniversary of the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Canadian Bosnians mark the 30th anniversary of the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

March 1 marks a special day for the Bosnian people who live in Canada. March 1, 1992. is a groundbreaking historical moment for contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina as it confirms Bosnian independence – including its legal, political and social endurance and elevation. A historical fact that has been proven scientifically and socially. The presence of Bosnian independence has been politically established. 

The referendum confirmed Bosnian independence and self-determination, as expressed by the majority of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina voted in an independence referendum held between February 29 and March 1, 1992. The referendum question was: "Are you in favor of a sovereign and independent Bosnia-Herzegovina, a state of equal citizens and nations of Muslims, Serbs, Croats, and others who live in it? Voter turnout was 63.6 percent, of whom 99.7 percent voted for independence. The referendum results were accepted on March 6 by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

On April 7, 1992, the European Community recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state. Canada recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina's Independence on April 7, 1992. The historical fact is that Bosnia and Herzegovina became a member of the international community on that day, as the internationally recognized 177th member of the United Nations.

A referendum on the independence of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina represents the fulfillment of centuries of political aspirations of the Bosnian being. This act received its official international recognition on April 6, 1992, when the European Community recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the United States, Canada, other friendly countries, and other political factors of the 20thcentury. An old act that dates back to the European banates and kingdoms, countries with historical and political legitimacy of medieval European history set in the community of modern nations.

Although the European community, the United Nations, and the international community have accepted and internationality recognized the referendum results for a sovereign and independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, unfortunately, they have not protected the Republic of Bosnia & Herzegovina – who fell victim to armed aggression and genocide.

Instead, the Security Council, unfortunately, serving the interests of the great powers, not only failed to protect the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it also deprived their right to defend themselves against aggression and genocide. Unfortunately, the victims of the genocide, because of their national, ethnic and religious affiliation, were deprived of their right to self-defense arms embargo (September 25, 1991). However, Bosnia and Herzegovina has survived thanks to the courageous resistance of its anti-fascists defines lawyers and patriots conducted based on the acquired sovereignty and independence in 1992.

Due to this reason, the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina need to experience Independence Day at total capacity and understand that Bosnia and Herzegovina is an internationally recognized state with its independence day just as any other country in the world. To this day, the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina faces critical processes of Euro-Atlantic integration and the rise of the modern European world. Unfortunately, it is a political entity with a non-functional constitutional matrix and inappropriate structure of the political system's asteroid belt, which is contrary to European criteria and political concepts.

Independence Day is a crucial historical moment of contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina as confirmed by the Bosnia and Herzegovina state, legal, political and social duration, and elevation. A historical fact that is scientifically and socially verified. The act of independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina essentially forms an independent state with a political establishment. The referendum results confirm and reinforce the Bosnian statehood, liberty, and self-determination, as supported by most citizens.

Thirty years after recognizing the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is still no government guarantee for their freedom. At the same time, the country is continually haunted in search of truth and justice. In honor of those that recognized the importance of the independence and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina and their independence vote, we are obliged to mark Independence Day. Canada recognized the importance of Bosnian independence and especially the importance of truth and justice for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Institute for Research of Genocide Canada

Institute For Research of Genocide Canada (IGC) is a public scientific institution engaged in analysis of crimes against peace, crime of genocide, and other grave breaches of international law.