Join Our Mailing List

Sponsor Us!

United Nations:
Resolution Establishing Holocaust Remembrance Day

(November 1, 2005)


United Nations: Table of Contents | U.N. & Israel | Security Council


Print Friendly and PDF
On November 1, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The resolution also called on member states to include the Holocaust in their educational curriculums and condemn manifestations of Holocaust denial.
Cosponsored by 104 member nations, this measure was the first Israeli-initiated resolution the General Assembly has ever passed.

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 which proclaims that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, religion or other status,

Recalling article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person,

Recalling also article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,2 which state that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,

Bearing in mind that the founding principle of the Charter of the United Nations, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, is testimony to the indelible link between the United Nations and the unique tragedy of the Second World War,

Recalling the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,3 which was adopted in order to avoid repetition of genocides such as those committed by the Nazi Regime,

Recalling also the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind,

Taking note of the fact that the sixtieth session of the General Assembly is taking place during the sixtieth year of the defeat of Nazi regime,

Recalling the twenty-eighth special session of the General Assembly, a unique event, held in commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps,

Honouring the courage and dedication shown by the soldiers who liberated the concentration camps,

Reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice,

1.Resolves that the United Nations will designate 27 January as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust;

2. Urges Member States to develop educational programmes that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help prevent future acts of genocide, and in this context commends the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research;

3. Rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or part;

4. Commends those States which have actively engaged in preserving those sites that served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps and prisons during the Holocaust;

5. Condemns without reserve all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to establish a programme of outreach on the subject of the “Holocaust and the United Nations” as well as measures to mobilize civil society for Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide, to report to the General Assembly on the establishment of this programme within six months from the date of the adoption of the present resolution and to report thereafter on the implementation of the programme at its sixty-third session.


Sources: United Nations

Back to Top