“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
In the framework of the Hungarian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania and the Embassy of Hungary, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in Tirana, organized a conference entitled "The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance -achievements and its role today. "
This conference, held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brought together diplomats, professors, researchers, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana, civil society and the media, to discuss the role and importance of IHRA in remembering the Holocaust, its victims and educating younger generations to reflect upon this dark past, so that such events never occur again.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Mrs. Odeta Barbullushi said "Albania respects the values and principles of human rights and strives to give its contribution in the context of multilateral organizations such as the United Nations. As a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, Albania is involved in the human rights and fundamental freedoms are recognized as essential instruments of protection of tolerance and non-discrimination necessary for the stability, security and cooperation.
Therefore, it is necessary to direct attention to the fight against this phenomenon. It is the duty of political and moral commitment of ours to enable all generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon the consequences, as a warning that what happened once can happen again if we do not all stand firmly against prejudice , antisemitism, xenophobia and racial intolerance. I believe that education can contribute to the creation of a way of thinking preventive action with various forms of hatred from one group of people to another group of people."
At the end of the conference, guests were invited to attend the reception hosted in the main hall of the Foreign Ministry where an exhibition on the architecture of East-Central European synagogues was displayed, while enjoying the music performance by the Egnatia group and Jorgo Zeqir Sulkuqi.