Who we are:
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is a non-profit international non-governmental organisation – an interest association of legal persons founded according to the Civil Code of the Czech Republic. Established on 14 October 2011 in Prague by 20 founding Members from 12 EU Member States, the Platform currently brings together 62 public and private institutions and organisations from 20 countries – 14 EU Member States (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, France), Ukraine, Moldova, Iceland, Albania, Canada and the United States of America, active in research, documentation, awareness raising and education about the totalitarian regimes which befell Europe in the 20th century.
Through its Members, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience represents at least 200,000 European citizens and over 1,100,000 North American citizens with European roots.
The goals of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience are:
- to increase public awareness about European history and the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes and to encourage a broad, European-wide discussion about the causes and consequences of totalitarian rule, as well as about common European values, with the aim of promoting human dignity and human rights,
- to help prevent intolerance, extremism, anti-democratic movements and the recurrence of any totalitarian rule in the future,
- to work toward creating a pan-European documentation centre/memorial for victims of all totalitarian regimes, with the aim of commemorating the victims and raising awareness of the crimes committed by those regimes,
- to support initiatives at the European level with a view to giving indiscriminate treatment to all crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as to their victims,
- to contribute to the education of young Europeans about the totalitarian regimes through the development of training courses, teaching curricula, programs and aids,
- to strive to become a partner of the Council of the European Union, the European
Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and other international organisations in seeking ways toward an honest and open appraisal of Europe’s common totalitarian legacy,
- to contribute toward deepening the integration of all European citizens, furthering the
respect and understanding of the essential importance of democracy, human rights, European values and the rule of law in all of Europe with the goal of avoiding future threats to democracy,
- to share and exchange knowledge, know-how and experience with institutions and organisations pursuing analogous goals in other parts of the world.
What we do:
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience was founded in 2011. Since then, it has organised international conferences (in Brussels, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Viljandi, Estonia, Paris and Bucharest), annual Council of Members meetings (in Berlin, The Hague, Brussels, Wroclaw, Kyiv, Vilnius, Bled, Tirana) and various other public education and commemoration events on the national and international levels, it has prepared an international travelling exhibition “Totalitarianism in Europe” which has been presented in 22 large cities in 19 countries in Europe and North America and a reader for secondary school students “Lest We Forget. Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe” which has been published in seven languages so far (English, German, French, Czech, Ukrainian, Polish and Italian). The Platform has also developed and published an educational board game “Across the Iron Curtain” (English and Czech language versions).
The Platform has also created an award to personalities who have set a mark in resisting and working against totalitarianism in Europe. The recipient of the first Prize of the Platform in 2014 is Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar People from Ukraine, recipients of the award in 2015 are Alexei and Oleg Navalny, unjustly persecuted in the Russian Federation, recipient of the award for 2016 is Leopoldo López, imprisoned leader of the Venezuelan democratic opposition, recipient of the award for 2017 is Ilmi Umerov, Crimean Tatar leader persecuted by the Russian Federation and the recipient of the award for 2018 is Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian journalist and film maker persecuted by the Russian Federation.
An important activity of the Platform is the project “JUSTICE 2.0” aimed at attaining international justice for the Communist crimes. A documentary film “JUSTICE 2.0” was created, an international Call for Justice 2.0 was launched, and a series of international presentations has started in 2015.
The Platform has also launched an international competition for architects and artists to create a pan-European memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels. In 2017 the Platform created a critical report and is raising a debate to improve the permanent exhibition in the House of European History, a project of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Last but not least, the Platform supports its Members in their causes.
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience has its main office in Prague.
(As of 17 November 2019)