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Ottawa, Aug 23 (Canadian-Media): Black Ribbon Day, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe is observed annually on Aug 23 to mark the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in 1939 to divide Central and Eastern Europe setting the stage for the appalling atrocities these regimes would commit, media reports said.
Black Ribbon Day 2020. Image credit: Facebook page
Many countries were stripped of their autonomy, forcing families to flee their homes, tore communities apart, including Jewish and Romani communities, and others.
Untold suffering were imposed upon people across Europe by The Soviet and Nazi regimes resulting in senseless murder of millions and denied their rights, freedoms, and dignity.
Paying tribute to the to the survivors and victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe in the wake of this pact, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said Aug 23,
“We also stand in solidarity with all those around the world who continue to fight against the brutality, viole, and repression of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
“Many people who escaped found refuge in Canada, bringing with them the hope of a better future for themselves and their families. Despite all they had endured, many shared an unshakeable belief in the power of individuals to make positive change and influence society for the better. They, along with their children and grandchildren, have helped build the strong, diverse, and prosperous country we all call home.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Trudeau urged everyone to safeguard human rights, protect freedom and democracy to make sure such crimes never recur and encouraged all Canadians to honour the victims and survivors of Communism and Nazism and added,
"It is in their name that we will continue to defend human rights, and uphold the inherent dignity of every human being.”