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Remembering the victims of genocide

09/12/2015 - 00:00
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Today, on the first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, High Representative Federica Mogherini commemorated the victims of genocide and remembered the common European commitment to prevent atrocity crime.

Remembering the victims of genocide

The High Representative called on all states to protect their people: "The primary responsibility lies with the state in which the crime is committed. But we also have a collective responsibility. Today's ongoing crises in various parts of the world underline the imperative to prevent genocide and other mass atrocity crimes in line with the Responsibility to Protect, which was agreed, as a principle, by world leaders 10 years ago at the 2005 World Summit, in which States committed to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity," she said.

The UN defines genocide as "a crime that is committed against members of a national, ethnic or religious group solely because they are members of that group".
The 9th of December is the anniversary of the Genocide Convention of 1948. The purpose of this day is to honour and commemorate the victims of this crime and to remember the principle in the Convention of preventing and combating genocide.

  • Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime and on Responsibility to Protect
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