For the second consecutive year, the IICC/UOK arranged a memorial event on August 23 at Norrmalmstorg square in central Stockholm, honoring the international Day Of Remembrance for the victims of Communism, National Socialism and other totalitarian ideologies.
The event was inaugurated with a keynote speech by the Minister of Education, Mr. Jan Björklund, and a letter from EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson was read out to the participants.
The Day of Remembrance was honored internationally with events around Europe, in the United States, Canada and in Latin America.
The memorial was arranged in accordance with the international resolutions that have been passed regarding the crimes of totalitarian regimes, chiefly the resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe of 2006, the OSCE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) of 2009, and the European Parliament of 2009.
In addition to Minister of Education Mr. Björklund and EU Minister Mrs. Ohlsson, two authors of internationally passed resolutions on the subject attened to deliver speeches, Mr. Gunnar Hökmark (Member of the European Parliament) and Mr. Göran Lindblad, Chairman of the Swedish Delegation and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council Of Europe.
Other speakers during the event were Mrs. Camilla Andersson (Founder and Director of the IICC/UOK, founder of the Alliance for Human Rights and Reconciliation) and Mr. Anders Hjemdahl (Founder IICC/UOK), Mrs. Walburga Habsburg Douglas (Member of the Swedish Parliament, Head of the Swedish OSCE Delegation, arranger of the PanEuropean Picnic by the Iron Curtain), Mrs. Anna Kinberg Batra (Member of the Swedish Parliament and Chairman of the Swedish Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament, Mrs. Mae Liz Orrego Wennick (Program Officer at SILC-Swedish International Liberal Center, Cuban exile), Mrs. Désirée Pethrus Engström, Member of the Swedish Parliament, Mr. Fredrick Federley (Member of the Swedish Parliament, Center Party), samt Mrs. Yi Zhang, Free Chinese media journalist (member of Reporters Without Borders and SHRIC - Supporting Human Rights In China).
A large number of embassies from previously Communist-controlled countries were represented at the event, which was attended by several hundred participants from more than 30 countries.
The Day Of Remembrance was concluded by a wreath laying ceremony by Mrs. Andersson and Minister Björklund at the Fountain Of Freedom monument (a monument dedicated to the Baltic refugees from Communism), and a silent minute in remembrance of the victims and in honor of the freedom fighters.
Minister of Education Mr. Jan Björklund and IICC Director Mrs. Camilla Andersson at the Fountain of Freedom memorial
"In memory of the triumph of liberty and in memory of the victims of nazism and communism"
PRESS: Minister of Education Mr. Jan Björklund Contact Camilla Hansson Phone +46 702 069909
Day Of Remembrance Contact
Andersson Phone +46 709 429201 Concerning the August 23 date
On August 23, 1939 a pact of cooperation and non-aggression, popularly known as the Molotov - Ribbentrop pact, was signed between the German Reich and the Soviet Union. The pact. In the pacts secret addendas, whose existence were denied by Communist parties in both the East and the West, the countries of Eastern Europe were divided between the two dictatorships, thus enabling the German and Soviet attack on Poland and directly causing the start of World War II.
The pact also led to the Soviet attack on Finland and the occupations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Because of the historical significance of the date, August 23 has been chosen a Day Of remembrance to honor the victims of both National Socialism and Communism.
"15.The European Calls for the proclamation of 23 August as a Europe-wide Remembrance Day for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, to be commemorated with dignity and impartiality"