UN Declaration Establishing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust remembrance

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 which proclaims that
everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without
distinction of any kind, such as race, religion or other status,

Recalling article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states
that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person,

Recalling also article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,2 which state
that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,

Bearing in mind that the founding principle of the Charter of the United
Nations, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, is testimony to
the indelible link between the United Nations and the unique tragedy of the Second
World War,

Recalling the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of
Genocide,3 which was adopted in order to avoid repetition of genocides such as
those committed by the Nazi Regime,

Recalling also the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
which states that disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in
barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind,

Taking note of the fact that the sixtieth session of the General Assembly is
taking place during the sixtieth year of the defeat of Nazi regime,

Recalling the twenty-eighth special session of the General Assembly, a unique
event, held in commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps,

Honouring the courage and dedication shown by the soldiers who liberated the
concentration camps,

Reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of
the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be
a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice,

1. Resolves that the United Nations will designate 27 January as an annual
International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust;

2. Urges Member States to develop educational programmes that will
inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help
prevent future acts of genocide, and in this context commends the Task Force for
International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research;

3. Rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or
4. Commends those States which have actively engaged in preserving those
sites that served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps
and prisons during the Holocaust;

5. Condemns without reserve all manifestations of religious intolerance,
incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic
origin or religious belief, wherever they occur;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to establish a programme of outreach on
the subject of the “Holocaust and the United Nations” as well as measures to
mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help
prevent future acts of genocide, to report to the General Assembly on the
establishment of this programme within six months from the date of the adoption of
the present resolution and to report thereafter on the implementation of the
programme at its sixty-third session.

1 Resolution 217 A (III).
2 See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
3 Resolution 260 A (III).


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