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Youth awareness raising on the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

Today marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, unanimously declared by the UN General Assembly at the initiative of Armenia in 2015. On 9 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the first document to have a significant impact on combating and preventing the crime of genocide. The purpose of the day is to commemorate the victims of this crime and also to raise awareness of the Convention and to prevent developments that may lead to mass atrocities.

In 2005, the UN World Summit adopted the international concept of "Responsibility to Protect", stipulating the responsibility of states to protect their populations from atrocity crimes as defined by international law, and the responsibility of the international community to assist them. Atrocities, the most heinous crimes, include genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing. Slovenia, as one of the prominent supporters of this concept, has participated in its formulation and has set it as one of its foreign policy priorities, along with the promotion of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

The Foreign Ministry is marking this day in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Work in Ljubljana by holding an awareness-raising event for youth to talk about experiences from the past and the risks of today. The purpose of sharing this knowledge is for the tragic historical events never to happen again.

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