September 21, 2013
International Day of Peace
National Human Rights Commission
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace and Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission observed the International Day of Peace on September 21.
At this event, participants discussed human rights changes in Mexico, the teachings left by the Holocaust and how they can be of great use to the Mexican society, and how to focus an education based on human rights in the process necessary to achieve the peace of the human family.
—Jaime Murrow, Morei Morim (Teacher of Teachers) of Yad Vashem Mexico—
"During the Holocaust and other genocides, we always have individuals or characters and key players. Some are perpetrators, others are victims, and others are passive and active observers.
To our survivors in Mexico, about one hundred, between seventy-seven and one hundred who are still live: we have great admiration and respect for your work in spreading the message of the Holocaust, for having survived, and for not forgetting.
Because of the lessons of the Holocaust, we now have the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, whose mission is to investigate, prosecute and punish perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocides."
—Salih Hardaga, “Righteous Among the Nations”. Mexico—
"But gentlemen, death solves nothing, forgetting solves everything. Only by forgetting can one erase everything that existed and lived, and that is exactly why we cannot allow the curtain of forgetfulness to cover the horrendous crimes committed in the era of the Holocaust. That is why I admire each attempt to save the memory of these facts. I admire every movement that strives for this cause, and I think it is important to raise the voice of truth and support the idea of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace among the youth, who are the future of this country, and promote the ideas of coexistence and mutual respect."
—Oscar Elizundia, Technical Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission—
"If war continues to be seen as a valid tool to solve any type of disagreement, social conflict or conflict among nations, violence will continue to be used as the basis of all types of justifications, which is always harmful to human beings, including innocent people.
I want to conclude my brief participation by acknowledging the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace for the fruitful and extensive journey they have made around the entire country, taking the message of peace promoted by this organization to a great number of Mexicans.
Thank you Ambassador, thank you ladies and gentlemen for your contribution to the civic culture of Mexican rights. Thank you for coming to share with those of us who are part of the National Human Rights Commission, and for promoting a culture of and for peace, and constructive coexistence among nations and their respective states."
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Dr. William Soto emphasized that teaching about the Holocaust as the paradigm of genocide in the educational system will help prevent situations of violence and discrimination that may be encountered in Mexico’s national reality, strengthening within education the teaching of values, principles and respect for others, as these are essential pillars to build individuals who acknowledge, accept and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.
—Dr. William Soto, Global Ambassador for the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace—
"According to the United Nations, the International Day of Peace is commemorated on September 21. The objective of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace is that this official date be much more than a simple commemorative protocol ceremony, may this date become an opportunity to develop actions and promote initiatives and projects with government and non-governmental authorities, with different academic, public and private organizations and institutions, as well as with individuals who work comprehensively for the recognition and respect of cultural, ethnic, political and religious diversity, with the objective of achieving the peace of the human family."
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Institutional ties were developed with the objective of working together to safeguard human rights.