Genocide Memorial Day


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. The theme for #GMD2019 will be ‘Genocide as a tool for colonialism’

The details of the next UK event are:

LONDON: Sunday, 20 January 2019

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.


IHRC’s Poetry Competition is held every year as part of GMD, and there are an array of prizes to be won for winning entries. For details of the 2019 competition please click HERE.

If you are affiliated with a school that would like to commemorate GMD, lesson plans and further resources are available here

If you are not based in the UK, watch the events live online on IHRC.TV and Facebook Live

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2018 GENOCIDE MEMORIAL DAY EVENT REPORT and click here for our archive of event reports