Message on the European Day of the Righteous

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity, which is celebrated today in Europe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicola Renzi, while sharing the content and purpose of the celebration, sent a message to the President of Gariwo Association, Mr. Gabriele Nissim, who has strong ties with the Republic through the collaboration with the San Marino Study Centre on Emigration.

The message reads as follows: 

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Political Affairs and Justice, recalling the history and the legal system of the Republic of San Marino, wishes to renew its support for the celebration of the Day of the Righteous of Humanity, established in 2012 by the European Parliament to commemorate the institutions, women and men who, in different historical contexts, acted with generosity and courage, helping those who were persecuted and in danger and defending - without discrimination - the human rights of every single person.
The theme chosen for the 2018 ceremony “The Righteous of hospitality. Beyond boundaries to pull down the walls” is a very salient issue to San Marino which, despite its small geographic dimension, has often welcomed people fleeing from danger. The Republic of San Marino remains committed to the protection and promotion of human rights within international bodies.
Remembering what has been done in time of war and violence means reaffirming the strength and importance of will and of individual freedoms, which are fundamental values for a democratic citizenship.
Europe and the whole world need the good example of the Righteous of the humanity, to raise in every woman and man the awareness of the importance of individual responsibility, which encourages people to prove their solidarity and unity.
The establishment of the Day of the Righteous of the Humanity also plays an important educational role, because it makes young generations reflect in new ways on history, by commemorating those who have stood up against violence and totalitarianism with their own moral responsibility and by emphasizing every person’s role in protecting human dignity".

San Marino, 6 March 2018

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