As Holocaust Memorial Day 2006 takes place today, Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP, has urged Europe to learn from the mistakes of history and ensure that they are not forgotten or repeated.
Jean, who was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights and is a member of the civil liberties committee in the European Parliament said; "Holocaust Memorial Day is a reminder of the horrific events that took place in Europe and more recently for example in Rwanda. Not only should we remember those that sadly died as well as those that survived, but this years theme, 'One person can make a difference', demonstrates just how important it is to recognise those that rescued and brought hope to so many victims.
"The Holocaust was devastating for people and communities throughout the world. Today gives us all the opportunity to contemplate the impact of such tragic events on today's society and understand how it is still relevant to everyone in the UK and the rest of Europe. The many stories we hear from survivors serve as a reminder that even small actions can make a big difference.
"With these events in mind we must address our own asylum policy and ensure lessons learnt from history are reflected in modern policies and laws, guaranteeing that asylum seekers are not returned to dangerous or uncertain futures in country's practicing torture."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
Holocaust Memorial Day: The United Nations formally declared 27th January, Holocaust Memorial Day, an International Day of Remembrance