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

Statement by the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
Presidency of the Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 25 January 2019
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Timo Soini. Photo: Laura Kotila, valtioneuvoston kanslia

Timo Soini. Photo: Laura Kotila, valtioneuvoston kanslia

“The role of the commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is to engrave on the minds of the younger generations the lessons learnt from these tragic events and to make sure that each of us remains vigilant to help prevent manifestations of intolerance and incitement to hatred that may lead to acts of genocide”, Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland said in a statement made on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and the prevention of crimes against humanity (27 January).

The Minister added: “This Day must inspire us to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also remind us that in the name of ideology, the human being is capable of the best and the worst.”

The Minister underlined that through this commemoration we are committed to tirelessly continue our efforts to preserve, in Europe and in the world, a society based on our common values of democracy and human rights that unite us in the Council of Europe.

See also:
27 January - Holocaust Remembrance Day


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