Following is a statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, which is celebrated on 27 January:

“It is now more than 60 years since the systematic murder of one third of the Jewish people, as well as thousands of other victims, including Roma, Slavs, disabled people, homosexuals, Jehovah’s witnesses, communists and political dissidents. But the grotesque nature and scale of the Holocaust is in no way diminished by the passing of time.

Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a stark reminder of what can happen when prejudice, hatred and racism are allowed to fester, or are deliberately used as a political tool. It should also remind us that complacency and indifference in the face of such trends can easily become a form of complicity.

A continued focus on the Holocaust helps us to remain alert to the dangers presented by contemporary outbreaks of anti-Semitism and various forms of vilification and discrimination targeting other specific racial, ethnic or social groups. Remembering the Holocaust, and how it came about, can