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"Mr President, as I stand here today I feel that, if I was living around Auschwitz 60 years ago, as a gay man I would have been rounded up, sent to the camp and I, probably, would not have survived. What we have to do here today is to separate the people from the groups – from the names we call them – because we are dealing with millions of individuals who died because they posed a threat to some ideology or because they were different. In this House we talk about fundamental freedoms and fundamental rights, yet all around us in the world today racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism still exist. Therefore, it does not matter what we say today; what matters is what we do. The Commission’s proposals will matter. It will matter whether it has the courage to bring forward non-discrimination on the grounds of Article 13, and not just some. To do the latter would be to reinforce a hierarchy of oppression. We must all bear responsibility for what happened in the past – every nation, every country. But the difference is that we are either imprisoned by the past or we become guardians of the future to ensure that such inhumanities never occur again. Remember the people with disabilities, the trade unionists, the anti-fascists, the homosexuals and the millions of others mentioned here tonight who died. We must be determined that such a scenario never occurs again. Let me finish with what Pastor Niemöller brilliantly said: ‘When they came for the Jews, I was a not a Jew, so I did not speak out. When they came for the trade unionists, I was not a trade unionist, so I did not speak out. When they came for the queers, I was not a homosexual, so I did not speak out. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out’. Remember and determine to change the future."@en1

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