International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism Date in the current year: August 21, 2018

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is an official United Nations observance held on August 21 every year. Its main goal is to pay tribute to victims and survivors of terrorist attacks around the world.

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was established by a resolution of the General Assembly on December 19, 2017. Among other things, the resolution emphasized that the rule of law and the protection of human rights for all play a key role in preventing and combating terrorism at the national and international levels.

Although terrorism is an international problem that affects most countries, most deaths caused by terrorism are concentrated in a small number of countries, including Somali, Syria, Nigeria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In all of these countries, victims and survivors of terrorist attacks struggle to have their voices heard.

One of the major responsibilities of all UN member states is to support victims of terrorism, promote and protect their rights, and lift up the voices of victims and survivors. Ignoring the rights of terrorism victims is one of the factors that reduce the efficiency of the struggle against terrorism on a global scale.

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism was established in order to raise the awareness of governments and the general public about the importance of long-term physical, psychological, social and financial rehabilitation of terrorism victims in order to help them integrate back into society.

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