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Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2018

Today we remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust.  Countless others also lost their lives as cruelty convulsed the world.

Yet decades since the Second World War, we see the persistence of anti-Semitism and an increase in other forms of prejudice.

Neo-Nazis and white supremacy groups are among the main purveyors of extreme hatred.

And too often, vile views are moving from the margins to the mainstream of societies and politics.

We must stand together against the normalization of hate.

Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we are all at risk.

All of us have a responsibility to quickly, clearly and decisively resist racism and violence.

Through education and understanding, we can build a future of dignity, human rights and peaceful coexistence for all. [Ends]

Watch the Secretary-General’s video message here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/tv/SGM_Holocaust_EN_Subtitle_2018.mp4

 

UN Human Rights Office to hold 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria are inviting students from around the world to participate in the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 15 – 20 July 2018.

The competition, which is held in English and French this year, is open to undergraduate and masters students from universities around the world. It will bring together up to 150 participants from as many as 30 universities representing Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America and the Caribbean, Western Europe and other regions.

Below is a formal invitation to students to the moot court competition.

Nelson Mandela WHRMCC 2018 Invitation letter EN

The deadline for registration is 16 April 2018.

More information and registration are available at www.chr.up.ac.za/worldmoot.

Students who wish to participate in the Competition submit written legal arguments for the opposing sides in a fictional dispute (attached below) involving some of the burning human rights issues of the day.

10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Hypothetical Case Version 20 December 2017

The teams with the highest scores from each of the five regions are then invited to participate in the final, oral rounds in the Human Rights Council Chamber in the Palais des Nations. The case is heard by a panel of eminent international jurists, including judges from international tribunals.

The teams that are selected to participate in the final rounds in Geneva are expected to cover their own traveling costs as well as accommodation and meals, although limited financial assistance is available.

The World Human Rights Moot Court Competition has been presented every year for the last nine years, and has become a leading human rights educational event. It is unique in bringing together some of the brightest law students from universities around the globe to debate contemporary human rights issues on the basis of a common UN human rights system, influenced by national and regional perspectives and experiences.

2018 marks not only the tenth year of the Competition, it is also an opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

If you have questions, please contact Martina Donlon (donlon@un.org) in DPI’s Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section.

UNIC Manila and Embassy of Israel launch Butterfly Art Contest

UNIC Manila and the Embassy of Israel in Manila have launched the Butterfly Art Contest in time for the 2018 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust.

Why a butterfly art contest?

In 1996, the Holocaust Museum Houston launched The Butterfly Project to commemorate the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust.

The Butterfly Project drew its inspiration from the poem, “The Butterfly,” which was written by Pavel Friedmann. The poem expressed the impact of the conditions in the camp on the prisoners. In 1944, Pavel was deported to Auschwitz Birkenau*, where he was murdered by the Nazis. After the Holocaust, his poem was discovered.

Here is Pavel’s poem:

THE BUTTERFLY

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing

against a white stone….

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ‘way up high

It went away I’m sure because it wished

to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don’t live here,

in the ghetto.

PAVEL FRIEDMANN, 4 June 1942

Under the Butterfly Project, students around the world were invited to express their empathy and hope through the creation of a butterfly. The Holocaust Museum collected butterflies of every size and shape. The display of butterflies connects a new generation of young people to the memory of the children who did not survive the Holocaust.

The Butterfly Project aims to teach social responsibility, respect for diversity and the importance of human rights.

In the words of one of the students who participated in the project: “I want to make a difference in the world, one butterfly at a time.”

One butterfly even arrived from space. American Astronaut Rex J. Walheim participated in The Butterfly Project in July 2011 while aboard the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

*Auschwitz Birkenau is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list with its official title “Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, (1940-1945)”

CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES

Deadline for submission of entries: 15 March 2018

Who are eligible to join: Filipinos, 13-17 years old, BOTH in-school and out-of-school

Art specifications:

  • Size: A4
  • Medium: paint or watercolor
  • Color: color or black and white
  • Material: canvas, illustration board, other hard boards

Guidelines for Submission of Entries:

  1. Only one (1) entry per contestant will be accepted.
  2. All entries must be submitted by email to unic.manila@unic.org by no later than 11:55PM, 15 March 2018.
  3. You may scan your art in high-resolution, or take a high-resolution photo of it.
  4. Send the art file to the email address: unic.manila@unic.org with the subject line: Butterfly Art Contest Entry_(Your Full Name);
    • Attach a scan or a photo of your birth certificate to indicate your year of birth.

Contest Prizes

The top three winning artists will receive a trophy and art kits, courtesy of the Embassy of Israel in Manila.

For any questions, feel free to send an email to:

Teresa L. Debuque

National Information Officer

UNIC Manila

debuque@un.org