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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

January 24, 2021 9:37 PM
Originally published by Chesham and Amersham Liberal Democrats

HMDThe theme for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2021 is 'Be the Light in the Darkness'. This will resonate with us all, as we individually and collectively grapple with the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly when the light at the end of this very long tunnel seems to recede every few weeks. We can each hold a metaphorical torch, to cast light around us locally and support and encourage each other through these difficult times.

In addition to remembering the Holocaust and the purpose of this special memorial day, we can ensure that we do not lose sight of the current actions of oppressive governments around the world, entailing the denial of basic human rights such as the Chinese government's treatment of the Uighurs. Those basic human rights include freedom of speech and freedom of association as well as freedom of religion or belief.

We have seen the undermining of democracy in so many countries - while the focus has been on the United States in recent months, we have also seen the oppression of those pursuing democracy for example in Belaruse, Russia and in Hong Kong, to name but a few.

Be the light

The U.K. is opening its doors to Hong Kong citizens who hold British National (Overseas) passports, who are leaving to come to the U.K., to live free and fulfilling lives amongst us. Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of pressing the government to make this happen.

In the same way as so many Britons made welcome those refugees fleeing from Nazi-held countries in World War II, we can demonstrate that generosity of spirit that has sustained our communities through the pandemic. We can be proud, as a nation, that we can on so many fronts, provide light in the darkness.