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Genocide Memorial Day

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Genocide Memorial Day takes place on the third Sunday of every January to remember the perpetration of genocides and genocidal acts.

Genocide Memorial Day (GMD) is a day focused on remembering man's inhumanity to man. It takes place on the third Sunday of January each year. This year's theme for GMD is 'Genocidal Weapons of Mass Destruction'.

The details of the next UK events are:

BIRMINGHAM: 3:30-7:30pm on Saturday, 16th January 2016 at University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus (full details and registration for Birmingham GMD)

LONDON: 12:00-4:00pm on Sunday, 17 January 2016 at P21 in Central London (full details and registration for London GMD)

For the GMD project, the act of remembrance is not limited by the background of either the victims or the perpetrators of any of the genocides. The philosophy of this project by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) rejects the notion that there is a hierarchy of victim depending on their background. By highlighting the people and power structures who have perpetrated genocides or genocidal acts, we want to hold the perpetrators to account within the framework of GMD, as well as remember the victims of these genocides and genocidal acts. While the idea of this commemoration is firmly rooted in Islamic ideology, this commemoration is an inclusive event which encourages people of all faiths or none from all parts of the world to take part. The IHRC list of genocides is not exhaustive, and resources permitting we intend to continue to add to this list depending on where our research takes us. IHRC wishes with this project to aim towards a culture where the burden of responsibility of the verse, "whoever kills a soul (...) it is as if he had slain mankind entirely"(Quran 5:32) becomes a norm for all humanity to internalise rather than just an ideal for theoretical discussion.

GMD also takes place through the Decoloniality Network in Amsterdam (click here) and Paris, as well as other cities worldwide. In 2015 it took place in Jerusalem as well!


A poetry competition is currently underway to engage young people and allow them to have greater awareness on the issue of genocide. It is open to 11- to 18-year-olds, and the first prize is to visit Bosnia to witness firsthand a very recent example of genocide in Europe. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 6th January 2016 and entries must be sent to . Winners will be announced at the GMD event in London on 17th January 2016. Further details on the competition can be found here.

If you are affiliated with a school that would like to commemorate GMD, click here for a 60 second video clip to show students in lessons or assemblies. Lesson plans and further resources are available here

If you are not based in the UK, watch the events live online on IHRC TV You can send questions to the panel via Twitter @ihrc using the hashtag #GMD2016 or by posting on our Facebook page.




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