International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
The General Assembly, in its resolution 72/165 (2017), established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms
The fourth commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism will take place this year on 20 August 2021. It occurs twenty years after the 9/11 attacks and during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected people around the world. The pandemic continues to have a huge impact on victims of terrorism, as it has denied them the healing benefits of social connectedness and peer support, ability to attend in-person memorial events, exacerbated the effects of their earlier trauma, or resulted in loss of yet another loved one.
The theme of International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is “Connections”, as victims have had to find creative ways to stay connected while being isolated from each other, from their families, friends, and communities during the pandemic. It is important for the international community to connect and stand in solidarity with victims, for Member States to connect to learn from each other and share good practices, ensuring that victims needs are met, and their rights upheld.
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