The Serbian NGO Youth Initiative for Human Rights has organised a symbolic march along the route from Belgrade to Tuzla in memory of the victims of the 1995 shelling attack on the Bosnian city in which 71 people were killed and more than 150 wounded.
Three sections for the rally include downtown Belgrade, a road near the border between Serbia and Bosnia close to the town of Bijeljina, and a route from Simin Han to Tuzla.
The rally, which will end with the layng of flowers at the entrance to Tuzla where the massacre took place, aims to show compassion for victims, Dragan Popovic, the NGO's Programme Director said.
“On the other hand, we want to send a message to the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia that such events must be recorded in history and that all the perpetrators must be prosecuted,” Popovic said.
On May 25, 1995, a shell was launched from the positions of the Republika Srpska Army, landing in the centre of the town and killing 71 people and wounding more than 150. Most of those who were killed were younger than 30, while the youngest victim was three years old.
In 2009, the war crimes chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina sentenced a Bosnian Serb wartime commander, Novak Djukic, to 25 years in prison for the attack.
Republika Srpska Prime Minister Milorad Dodik has insisted that Djukic is innocent and that the massacre was a set-up, with dead bodies being brought from elsewhere.
“This was the biggest tragedy in the history of Tuzla and town councillors and citizens have taken this arrogant and unbelievably cruel statement from Mr Milorad Dodik in a very painful and dramatic way,” Tuzla mayor Jasmin Imamovic told Reuters news agency.