“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 24 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in an event entitled “Towards Inclusive Societies: Empowerment and Education as a strategy to prevent genocide”, within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
The International Conference on Genocide Prevention is taking place in Brussels from 31 March-1 April. The conference is hosted by the Belgian Government and jointly organized by the United Nations, African Union, the European Union, and Belgium.
The Belgian Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is deeply shocked by the parade of a fake Nazi railcar during the Aalst Carnival.
"Stateless Folk": Colloquium on the Gypsies of Europe" will be held at Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen, Belgium on 26 February 2013.
As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA, formerly the ITF), I would like to express my appreciation for the European Union's placement of 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on its official calendar.
King Albert II of Belgium inaugurated the Kazerne Dossin Museum on 26 November 2012.
On Tuesday, 4 September, the Memorial Dossin Barracks along with the new Museum Square and the Goswin de Stassartstraat were inaugurated in an opening ceremony attended by Minister-President Kris Peeters, Mayor of Mechelen Bart Somers, and ITF Chair Ambassador Jan Deboutte.
On 15 August 2012, a commemorative ceremony was held in Antwerp City Hall to mark the date of the first deportations of Jewish citizens in 1942.
The report and abstracts from the academic conference National Police Forces in Europe and the Holocaust 1939-1945, held in Mechelen on the occasion of the Belgian Chairmanship, are now available online.