On the occasion of the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, Indonesia and Paris, BURCH University management headed by the rector Prof. Dr. Teoman Duman has decided to hold „Period of Silence“ on January 15th, 2016, as an act of solidarity with the families of the victims.
The management of the University strongly condemns any form of terroristic attacks, adding: "This, like every other crisis can be overcome only by our joint efforts. Good always triumphs over evil".
“Due to the attack this week in Istanbul and attacks in other areas of the world recently, we think it is necessary to pause and reflect on our common bond as human beings in the world. These events have resulted in a tragic loss of life and a perceived loss of freedom through the fear of future attack. We stand together as a campus, united against this threat, knowing that peaceful action and conversation is the only way to resolve our differences and understand each other better”, says Professor Malcolm Duerod commenting recent attacks.
Prof. Dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Head of the International Relations and European Studies Department of BURCH University also commented recent attacks stating that there was no city in the world that could feel secure regarding the individuals striving to achieve their goals through terrorism.
“BURCH University, together with the international students and teaching staff, is a microcosm. “Period of Silence” and self-reflection this Friday aims to remind the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina that none of us is safe unless we stand united to end the terror of a minority that wants to intimidate the world through violence they conduct.
We all have to pause and think of the danger ahead of us. We shouldn’t be thinking that these mindless acts of terror cannot happen in our society. We have to show them that we are not afraid and they cannot intimidate us”, he said.
At the end, we want to state that our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of the victims.