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International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism 2023

Date of the day

The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is observed annually on August 21. This is the sixth commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August 2023.

History of the Day

The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was established by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 72/165 of 20 December 2017. The resolution was adopted by consensus, reflecting the strong international commitment to combating terrorism and supporting its victims.

The day was chosen to commemorate the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 21, 2003, which killed 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Significance of the Day

The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is a day to remember and honor the victims and survivors of terrorism. It is also a day to reaffirm the international community’s commitment to combating terrorism and to promoting and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.

On this day, governments, organizations, and individuals around the world hold events to remember the victims of terrorism and to raise awareness about the need to combat this scourge. These events can take many forms, such as candlelight vigils, memorial services, and educational workshops.

The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is an important opportunity to come together as a global community and to show our solidarity with the victims and survivors of terrorism. It is also a day to recommit ourselves to the fight against terrorism and to create a world where everyone can live in peace and security.

Here are some ways to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism:

  • Attend a memorial service or candlelight vigil.
  • Learn more about the victims of terrorism and their stories.
  • Donate to an organization that supports victims of terrorism.
  • Speak out against terrorism and its victims.
  • Work to create a more peaceful and tolerant world.

By taking these actions, we can help to honor the victims of terrorism and to make the world a safer place for everyone.

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