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Statement of the MZVEZ on the Day of Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

Statement of the MZVEZ on the Day of Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

8.9.2019 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

September 9 is traditionally commemorated by the Slovak Republic as the Day of Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence. In 1941, on this day, the so-called Jewish Code, an anti-Jewish law, was adopted, stripping a significant part of the population of fundamental rights and protections. On the territory of the then Slovakia, the tragedy of the Holocaust affected 70,000 victims. We commemorate, with reverence, these and other victims of racial violence every year.

 

On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVEZ SR) points to the danger of hatred and hostility in our current society.  The Slovak Republic is a permanent member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA, www.holocaustremembrance.com). The ministry also actively participates in the international project for the recovery of a remembrance site in the former Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor. Since 2018 (and until 2020), the Slovak Republic has been a member of the UN Human Rights Council, where the fight against all forms of racism, xenophobia and intolerance, and the support of freedom of religious faith are among the priorities of our membership. During Slovakia’s chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák has been pursuing a policy to prevent radicalisation, and to promote tolerance and non-discrimination, including the fight against anti-Semitism.