International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Since then, 9 December has been marked as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Slovenia is joining in the commemoration of the victims of genocide and the efforts to prevent processes that could lead to genocide. The prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities, such as war crimes, ethnic cleansing, etc., is primarily the responsibility of individual states and their citizens. This is an ongoing process to strengthen the capacity of societies to resist all processes that can, in certain circumstances, lead to atrocities.
Only through strict respect for the rule of law and the protection of fundamental human rights, the establishment of legitimate and accountable state institutions, eradication of corruption, a constructive approach to diversity, and the support of a strong and diverse civil society and pluralistic media can such atrocities be prevented. Without the necessary safeguards and guarantees for populations, circumstances that might lead to atrocities may emerge in any state. It is our responsibility to prevent harmful developments, as atrocities are not usually one-off or random occurrences, but rather a series of events in which there are opportunities to act and put a stop to them. Hate speech, for example, is one of these phenomena.
Since the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle in 2005, Slovenia has been working within the international community and at home to implement this principle to protect populations from processes that could lead to mass atrocities.