On 24 June 1900, Raphael Lemkin – the man who coined the word ‘genocide’ – was born. Lemkin was deeply saddened by massacres of the past and was affected by genocide himself when his own family were murdered during the Holocaust. He dedicated his life to getting genocide officially recognised as a crime by nations across the world.
Each year on 20 June, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. This day recognises and celebrates the contribution of refugees to society across the world.
Refugee week takes place every year around World Refugee Day on 20 June, and celebrates the contributions of refugees to the UK.
Every June, we celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) in the UK.
On 13 June 1938 German police began a week of operations against Roma and Sinti people in Germany.
On 26 May 2011, General Ratko Mladić was captured and arrested after avoiding arrest for 16 years.
Each year on 17 May, the UK and countries across the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).
16 May marks the end of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which started on 19 April 1943. Approximately 750 of the ghetto inhabitants fought the Nazi regime to resist being rounded up and taken to death camps and concentration camps.
On 6 May 1933, the Institute of Sexology, an academic foundation devoted to sexological research and the advocacy of homosexual rights, was broken into and occupied by Nazi-supporting youth. Several days later the entire contents of the library were removed and burned.
On 5 May 1945, Mauthausen Concentration Camp was liberated by the US Army.