JOINT PRESS RELEASE
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Call for stronger commitment to fighting racism, discrimination and xenophobia
27 January 2015: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, civil society organisations working on anti-racism and anti-discrimination issues are joining forces to raise awareness about this dark period of history and commemorate the victims of the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime against Jews, Roma, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and other groups that have been persecuted and deprived of their rights and dignity because they did not fit the Nazi ideology.
This Remembrance Day should not only commemorate those who died in this awful tragedy. The current rise of fear and hatred of others, far-right and xenophobic trends translating into anti-Gypsyism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, and other discriminatory behaviours, are profoundly endangering the efforts undertaken to promote an inclusive and equal Europe. This is why the struggle against amnesia and oblivion should not stop.