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Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration

Robin Marsh and Margaret Ali
January 27, 2010

A German man laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial during a UPF Middle East Peace Initiative trip to Jerusalem.

London, England -- A discussion of 'Genocide Awareness and Holocaust Commemoration' will be held in the House of Lords, Committee Room 4A on February 1. Universal Peace Federation's Community Cohesion Working Group is holding this event to promote awareness of 'the path to genocide,' to assist in identifying future problems before they occur, and to consider the capacity for intervention in current or future tragedies.

Expert speakers will address the scale of the tragedy of the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Day was established to remember the horrors done during World War II to the Jews and other groups and through education to try to ensure that it never happens again. The Holocaust was the culmination of a series of social, cultural and political developments that took place over a period of time.

Ruth Barnett will explain the significance of the Armenian Genocide as the first of the 20th century and sadly not the last. There will be a presentation by Dr. Hojjat Ramzy on the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Marie Lyse Numuhoza will speak on the genocide in Rwanda.

Cllr. Faizullah Khan will present a paper on the 'Paths to Genocide,' exploring the parallels of these tragedies. There will be a presentation by David Wardrop of the United Nations Association on the 'Responsibility to Protect' incumbent on the international community when the danger of an impending tragedy is recognized. Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich will host the event.

The Universal Peace Federation's motto of "One Family Under God" signifies the importance of understanding how such atrocities have happened and the determination to strive to prevent future reoccurrences.

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as an annual international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era. 

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