PMQ: Why MPs like Boris Johnson and Liz Truss wear white flower badges

A NUMBER of MPs wore a white flower badge with a green center during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Some viewers have questioned the choice of brooch online, asking what the flower represents after Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Ian Blackford wore them on their lapels.

The badge is the Srebrenica flower – which is a commonly recognized symbol of remembrance of the Srebrenica genocide.

READ MORE: Thousands march in Bosnia in memory of Srebrenica massacre

The massacre saw over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys killed in just five days during July 1995.

Serbian troops plowed the bodies of their victims into hastily constructed mass graves which they then dug with bulldozers and scattered among other burial sites to hide evidence of the crime.

To this day, body parts are still being found in mass graves around Srebrenica and are being put together and identified by DNA analysis.

The small flower with the green center has 11 petals – which represent the day the genocide began. The white color of the flower symbolizes the innocence of the victims, while the green in the middle represents justice for the victims and survivors of the genocide.

READ MORE: We must never allow events like Srebrenica to happen again

On Monday, thousands of people converged on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to mark the 27th anniversary of the genocide – the only recognized one in Europe since the Holocaust – and attend the funerals of 50 newly identified victims.

Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, were convicted and sentenced for genocide in Srebrenica by a United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

In total, the Balkan tribunal and courts have sentenced nearly 50 wartime Bosnian Serb officials to more than 700 years in prison for the Srebrenica killings.

Bosnian Serb leaders continue to downplay or even deny the 1995 massacre and celebrate Karadzic and Mladic as heroes.


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Edward L. Robinett