Boris Johnson mentions Bosnian genocide in Holocaust Memorial Day speech

NEWS 28.01.2020 08:50
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Source: Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters

As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to stamp out the “virus of anti-semitism” at a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall Westminster on Monday, he mentioned that genocides took place after WWII as well, such as in Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur.

Johnson said he will make sure that a National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre is built “so that future generations can never doubt what happened, because that is the only way we can be certain that it never happens again.”

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He said he had “a deep sense of shame” because of a “resurgence of the virus of anti-semitism” in the UK in 2020 and that it is his responsibility to stamp it out.

“As we resolutely proclaim “never again”, it is right that we should also ask what happened to our resolve in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur,” Johnson said.

Since 2001, the UK holds a Holocaust Memorial Day every year on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The national commemoration includes more than 10,000 activities.