Victims of Holocaust remembered on 27 January

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International Day of Commemoration of the Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

"The Holocaust stands as a searing reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, and of just how powerful and deadly the incitement to racial hatred can be."

That's the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust observed on Monday, 27  January.

The UN human rights chief says millions of people were brutally murdered because they were Jews, Roma, Slav, homosexual, had disabilities or were Jehova's witnesses or political opponents.

Ms. Pillay notes that "in the decades since the end of World War II, the flames of hatred and persecution have risen again to consume countries, people and societies".

She cites the killings in Cambodia when it was ruled by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 during the Balkan War and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The High Commissioner says that "even today in places such as Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, people are still being maimed and slaughtered because of the group to which they belong."

She calls on people "to stop turning a blind eye to the warning signs of serious human rights violations whenever and wherever they appear."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations


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