European Day of the Righteous
Editorial by Gabriele Nissim, Gariwo chairman
European Day of the Righteous of 6 March, approved by the European Parliament in 2012, is there to remember the people who, in the dark times of history, when the…
Riccardo Noury, spokesperson of Amnesty International Italy, was among the protagonists of European Day of the Righteous' celebrations at the Garden of Milan. Find his message inside.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs sent a message for the Milan celebrations of European Day of the Righteous. In it, the commitment is set to plant a Garden of the Righteous inside the Italian Embassy in Tunis and to protect human rights wherever they are threatened, following the example of those who say No to savagery.
"Indifference is a deliberate, conscious choice, not a neutral attitude, indifference is above all a threat that still pollutes our most advanced societies". Against indifference, the remarks by Renzo Gattegna, UCEI President, for European Day of the Righteous.
The events for European Day of the Righteous 2016, to be held by Gariwo from 6 to 8 March in Milan, also found the support of the Embassy of the Armenian Republic to Italy, Association Italiarmenia and the Union of Italy's Armenians.
On past 18 November, Milan remembered the example of Khaled al-Asaad, Palmyra’s “keeper” murdered by ISIS. On 6 March, at 3 pm, on European Day of the Righteous, at Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore cultural centre, we will dedicate a graffiti to Khaled al-Asaad drawn by artists Pao, Ivan, Orticanoodles and Piger.
The European Day of Righteous
The value of individuals and personal responsibility
On May 10, the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted the Written Declaration establishing March 6th as European Day in memory of the Righteous.
The concept of Righteous, born from the elaboration of the Yad Vashem Memorial to remember the non-Jews who rescued the Jews, becomes the patrimony of all humanity.
The term "Righteous" is no longer confined to the Holocaust only; it becomes a point of reference for those who remember the genocide and totalitarianism in all their efforts to defend human dignity.
The significance of this decision is reminiscent of one of the cornerstones of European culture: the value of the individual and personal responsibility.