“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 5 and 6 July, the IHRA Chair and the IHRA Executive Secretary, Dr Kathrin Meyer, are attending high level meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine.
The purpose of the visit is to discuss IHRA's work and the upcoming commemoration of Babi Yar which will take place on 29 September 2016. The IHRA Chair and IHRA Executive Secretary also visited the Babi Yar site during the meetings.
Ukraine was one of the original participants of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust in the year 2000 when then-Prime Minister Victor Yuschenko attended. IHRA has tried to stay in close contact with Ukraine since the Forum and has made a number of outreach visits to the country over the last 15 years. Ukraine has openly and frequently expressed its readiness to focus on Holocaust research, remembrance and research and to work to preserve the memory of the past. IHRA hopes to welcome Ukraine as an IHRA Observer Country in the near future to allow IHRA to support Ukraine in these efforts, both with funding and with academic and educational support.