Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
The Second World War is considered to be one of modern history's deadliest military conflicts, with effects that still remain today. Within the war's 6 year duration, approximately 70 million people were killed or around 4% of the world's population according to historians estimate.
This prompted the United Nations General Assembly to declare the 8th and 9th of May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation, a two day global observance to pay tribute to the victims of World War II, in accordance with its resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004.
Hence, the United Nations called upon all its member states, NGOs and other relevant organizations to unify their efforts in the face of new challenges and threats, and to settle their disputes peacefully, in a manner that does not threaten international peace and security.
Since the end of World War II, tremendous progress has been made in regards to promoting
international and regional cooperation, human rights and democratic values. However, it is
essential to acknowledge and to reflect upon the horrid consequences of war. On this day of commemoration, we must make a conscious effort to put an end to inhumane practices that contribute to feelings of hostility between humans and address the root causes of war.
That being said, full cooperation and understanding in the international community is required to achieve harmony and solidarity. International efforts must unite to ensure the emergence of peaceful, stable and non-violent societies. Only then can we truly see societies with a strong rule of law, guided by the values of justice and equality.
The Geneva Institute for Human Rights appreciates the efforts undertaken by the United Nations General Assembly in the field of human rights, and calls on all countries to raise the importance of language in conflict resolution.
As conflict is an unavoidable and integral part of communal existence, the Institute appeals to countries that are still witnessing armed conflicts in the Arab region, to use a voice of reason during negotiation and utilize language that accommodates and promotes peaceful coexistence.
Finally, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights stresses that to achieve a stable and non-violent state, efforts must be supported by a system of good governance based on the values of human rights.