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Diplomats from Latin America at the Memorial Site

10-07-2013

Nearly 50 people attended the Raphael Lemkin seminar, organised by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), in collaboration with the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Among the participants were diplomats and representatives of the governments of Latin American countries, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.

The theme of the seminar was how to prevent the crime of genocide in the contemporary world. Included in their visit to the Auschwitz Memorial Site, the participants became acquainted with issues on the concept of genocide and mass murder and of how "ordinary" people become torturers and criminals.

”Understanding the history of Auschwitz, contact with this original historic site is the starting point for further reflection on conflict prevention and the crime of genocide,” said Marta Berecka, director of the Program Section of the ICEAH. “For the participants, who represent their governments, it is also a very important opportunity to learn about specific legal solutions adopted and successfully implemented in other countries,” added Berecka.

An essential element of the seminar was a reflection upon what legal tools modern legislation have to enable prevention of genocide. An important part was also a lecture on the engagement of the United Nations in conflict prevention throughout the world.

Raphael Lemkin Seminar

The aim of the seminars of the Auschwitz Centre for Genocide Prevention is to sensitise mid-level government employees from around the world on the issue of genocide, including the political, economic and humanitarian consequences. The originator and sponsor of these seminars is New York philanthropist Fred Schwartz. The first seminar was held in 2008.;