Remembering is the best way to prevent a repeat of the tragedy of the Holocaust, says PACE President

Strasbourg, 27.01.2010 – On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mevlüt Çavusoglu (Turkey, EDG), President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), stressed that remembering was the best way to prevent a repeat of the tragedy of the Holocaust.

“Under Resolution 60/7 of 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Exactly 65 years ago, on 27 January 1945, the Soviet military liberated some 7,000 prisoners remaining in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The atrocities committed in the context of the Second World War led to the creation of the Council of Europe and to the universal recognition of human rights. Remembering is the best way to prevent a repeat of the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Human rights have to be learned, experienced and implemented on a continuous basis every day. It is not possible to say: we have the European Convention on Human Rights and therefore all human rights problems are settled. 

As with many things, one realises their value most when they are missing. The same is true for human rights. Therefore, it is important to remember the darkest moments in the European history of the last century, so that we do not forget the paramount importance and value of human rights for our civilisation."