Mrs Christine Evans-Klock, the United Nation Resident Coordinator in Ghana has called on member countries to institute educational programmes to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.

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This, she said, was critical in protecting the fundamental human rights from undue abuse as well as ensuring peaceful existence among member countries.

Mrs Evans-Klock made the call in Accra when she paid tribute in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.”

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She explained that January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp and that the Holocaust Memorial Day was to remember the six millions of people who were murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

She said this was important to honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge all and sundry to use the lessons of their experience to inform the present generations to avoid any form of violation on human beings.

Mrs Evans-Klock said as a result of the crime, the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution by consensus condemning all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.

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She implored member countries to institute measures to mobilize civil society to educate the citizenry about the crime, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

“The Holocaust was a turning point in history, which prompted the world to say never again. The significance of the resolution is that, it calls for a remembrance of past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future,” she added.

Dr Caesar Atuire, Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, said it was imperative for leaders to ensure peace and stability in their respective countries and eschew any acts of religious intolerance as well as abuse of human rights that would lead to violence.

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He noted that peace in a country leads to development, saying “it takes investment to prevent human rights abuse”, urging member countries to renew their commitment to prevent such atrocious crime.



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