HKHTC was honoured to participate in the 24-Hour Virtual Global Vigil hosted by the #TogetherWeRemember Coalition on April 30th to mark the conclusion of Genocide Awareness Month. Over a 24 hour cycle, the vigil featured content about genocides from 33 major organisations in 17 countries around the world, including Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Mauritius, Macedonia, Guinea, Uganda, and the United States. As Asia’s largest and most active organization dedicated to Holocaust awareness, HKHTC kicked off this global event with a unique Asia-based perspective.
Our one hour programme was led by HKHTC’s Executive Director, Simon Li, who spoke live to viewers about HKHTC’s work on Holocaust education, Asian Righteous Among the Nations, and the Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai during the Holocaust. Simon also shared details about the Nanjing massacre, the Cambodian genocide, and other recent atrocities in Asia. As part of HKHTC’s presentation, Hong Kong-based Cambodian Genocide survivor Emilie Tran shared her family’s story and the chilling experiences of other survivors. The event has been viewed over 10,000 times and demonstrates HKHTC’s expanding role in providing Holocaust, genocide and tolerance education. Given the proliferation of racism and discrimination in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is as critical as ever to understand the tragic consequences of intolerance through online events such as this.