AP R2P to hold yearly events to commemorate Yom HaShoah
Holocaust remembrance day public forum: one day each year to remember and prevent
A public forum cohosted with the Australasian Union of Jewish Students Queensland (AUJS Queensland)
The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect of the School of Political Science and International Studies in collaboration with the Australasian Union of Jewish Students Queensland (AUJS Queensland) hosted a public event commemorating Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day on 15 April 2015.
Given its success, it has been decided to make this event a standing appointment.
This public forum had as main theme the tragedies of the Holocaust: we could remember this catastrophe thanks to the contribution of survivors. George Stein, who survived Auschwitz amongst other camps, joined the conference bringing his precious testimony.
In order to reaffirm the promise of Never Again, discussions were held about the measures taken by the United Nations under the principle of the Responsibility to Protect to ensure that such events happen never again.
It was an inclusive event, with speakers from the UQ Jewish Students Association and a contribution of Jason Sternberg (President of the Queensland Board of Jewish Deputies).
Academics Melanie O'Brien (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland) and Alex Bellamy (Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect) alsoparticipated in the forum.
Professor Bellamy stressed the current problematic issues that involve the R2P principle in order to prevent mass atrocity crimes. The lessons we learnt in the past century teach us the important of remembering so asto protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
Read more about this event in the recent AP R2P spotlight: Public Forum to commemorate Yom HaShoah 2015. Never Again: The Holocaust and the Struggle to End Genocide
Listen the all public forum: AP R2P Yom Hashoah