Never Again! The United Nations Commemorates the Holocaust
January 31, 2008
2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And yet, in spite of the global consensus about the centrality of human rights, the world community has not always honored the legal frameworks that were designed to protect the rights of all citizens. The United Nations, an institution created by the allied victors of World War II, has until recently been silent about the historical event that led to its founding, the Holocaust. Fortunately, this situation has changed.
Last Sunday, the United Nations launched a week of programs dedicated to educating both the UN staff and the world community that the death of an estimated 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime was cruelest act of inhumanity and that the UN leadership would no longer tolerate member states who would deny that such an event took place.