Members of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association have taken part in several important events promoting peace and justice across the world in the last months of 2023. In 2024, the Association invites international volunteers to join the global struggle against racism and intolerance.

‘NEVER AGAIN’s representative Anna Tatar participated in a two-day seminar on ‘Current Forms of Antisemitism’ organized in Berlin by the European Network for Countering Antisemitism through Education (ENCATE) and the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) on 9-11 October 2023. It aimed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary debates surrounding antisemitism and the skills necessary to identify different forms of this phenomenon.

On 20-22 October 2023, Natalia Sineaeva, a ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association activist, attended the Rotary Positive Peace Activator Leadership Summit in Nagarkot, Nepal, together with 42 peace-builders from 25 countries and all continents. The Summit included academic sessions, strategic planning working groups, resilience conversations, and reflective practices. The participants shared and planned actions to build peace in their communities.

On 30-31 October, members of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Rafal Pankowski and Natalia Sineaeva visited Lumbini in Nepal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha, as guests of the Theravada Buddhist Community of Nepal. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Lumbini on the same day. During meetings with monks and lay members of diverse faith communities, the representatives of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ emphasized the importance of inter-faith dialogue for world peace.

On 5 November, Natalia Sineaeva and Rafal Pankowski were invited as speakers at the public discussion organized by the Forum for Secular Bangladesh (Nirmul Committee) at the Supreme Court Auditorium in Dhaka on the occasion of the Bangladesh Constitution Day. They shared the experiences of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association in the field of dealing with the past and, in particular, its successful campaign to include a ban on racist and fascist activities in the Polish Constitution. The Speaker of Bangladeshi Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and other prominent discussants welcomed the contribution of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ members to the event.

On 9-11 November, ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association representatives participated in the international conference on ‘The Politics of Genocide Denial: Global Struggle towards Truth, Recognition and Justice’ at the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Drawing from the research conducted under the aegis of ‘NEVER AGAIN’, Rafal Pankowski presented a paper on ‘The Phenomenon of Multideniers: Denying the Holocaust and Cambodian Genocide’, Natalia Sineaeva spoke on ‘Holocaust Denial and Distortion and its Interconnectedness with National Identity: The Case Study of Moldova in Eastern Europe’. Other speakers at the conference included, among others, the friends of ‘NEVER AGAIN’: Dr Gregory H. Stanton (Founding President, Genocide Watch), Dr Elisa von Joeden-Forgey (Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention) and Dr Navras Jaat Aafreedi (Presidency University, Kolkata).

Between 15 and 20 November, members of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ met and discussed future cooperation in the area of peace-building with universities and Rotary clubs in Dhaka and Chattogram (Bangladesh). The meetings were hosted by Professor of Buddhist Studies Biman Barua, Professor Mamun-Al-Mahtab and Rotarian Ranjan Barua.

On 15-17 November, Rafal Maszkowski participated on behalf of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association in the international conference ‘Holocaust Distortion and Counter Strategies’ in Berlin, organized by the Kreuzberg Initiative Against Antisemitism and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in cooperation with the Topography of Terror (Germany).

On 21 November, members of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association Natalia Sineaeva and Rafal Pankowski presented the Association’s activities at a special meeting hosted in Dhaka by Shahriar Kabir, an eminent Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker, the founder of the Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971. The meeting was followed by a screening of a documentary on the Bangladesh genocide.

Nosizo Zondo represented ‘NEVER AGAIN’ at the conference ‘Integration through Sport and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe for Sustainability’, which took place in Berlin on 23-24 November 2023. The conference was organized by the Fare Network in conjunction with partners in Greece, Italy, Germany and Finland. It was aimed at empowering women refugees with the necessary skills and knowledge for engaging in the creation of sports activities, and innovating capacity-building methods that aid civil society organizations collaborating with refugees.

In the near future, on 13-16 February 2024, delegates of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association are going to participate in the 11th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action (ICPNA) to be held in Mumbai, India.

– ‘The range of topics and international events attended by the NEVER AGAIN Association in the recent months points to the global relevance of its message’ – said Rafal Pankowski, co-founder of ‘NEVER AGAIN’, Sociology Professor at Warsaw’s Collegium Civitas and Rotary Global Peace Fellow (Makerere University, Uganda, 2024-25). – ‘In 2024, we invite online volunteers to join our initiatives from all over the world, wherever you are, we welcome all backgrounds and cultures.’

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an independent civil society organization founded in Warsaw in 1996. It has campaigned against racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia, for peace, intercultural dialogue and human rights across the world. It has actively participated in international civil society networks, including the Alliance Against Genocide (AAG), the European Network for Countering Antisemitism through Education (ENCATE), Facing Facts network, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), the International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH), the Global Alliance Against Digital Hate and Extremism (GADHE), and the European Network for Solidarity with Ukraine and Against War (ENSU).

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During the biggest open-air free music festival in Europe, Pol’and’Rock (4-6 August), also known as Polish Woodstock, the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association organized a football tournament promoting the message of ‘Let’s Kick Racism out of the Stadiums’, involving teenage players who are refugees from Ukraine. Together with the other participants, they manifested their protest against the war.

On another festival day a meeting was held with the rock band Strachy na Lachy (Empty Threats) at the information stand of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association. For many years, this group has been involved in the activities of the ‘Music Against Racism’ campaign run by ‘NEVER AGAIN’. Krzysztof ‘Grabaz’ Grabowski, the leader of Strachy Na Lachy, explained his band’s involvement in support of the refugees from Ukraine after the outbreak of the war. Some of the musician’s family came from Volhynia (a previously Polish territory, now a region in Ukraine). In press interviews, ‘Grabaz’ emphasised the importance of having neighbours of different nationalities and how it can lead to outbursts of creativity: ‘If in some place different cultures coexist peacefully with each other, then they will undoubtedly develop that place and its culture’.

– ‘During our meeting with Strachy Na Lachy, we talked primarily about war and peace, about respect and prejudice in everyday life, about hate speech and how it can lead to violence. We asked the band to explain how music can create a better world,’ said Joanna Naranowicz, a representative of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association and the lead singer of the punk band Qulturka.

Strachy na Lachy was established in 2001 by Krzysztof ‘Grabaż’ Grabowski and Andrzej ‘Kozak’ Kozakiewicz who also play in a punk-rock group Pidzama Porno. It is one of the most famous rock bands in Poland. In 2014 the band’s leader, ‘Grabaz’, was awarded with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta – one of the highest honours in Poland, for his ‘outstanding merits in creative work and artistic activity’.

During the Pol’and’Rock Festival, the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association had the honour of hosting many other bands of different music styles involved in the ‘Music Against Racism’ campaign.

The ‘Lets’ Kick Racism out of the Stadiums’ tournament has been organised for over twenty years by the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association at the Polish Woodstock/Pol’and’Rock Festival. In 2022 it was co-organized with the grass-roots football team FC GAN Pila and supported by FARE network and the Adidas Football Collective through its grassroots support programme. Tournament’s male and female participants jointly express their support for the ideas that guide the entire festival: peace, friendship and respect for diversity. This year, the message resonated particularly strongly with young players from Ukraine who had had to flee the cruelty of war.

During the Pol’and’Rock Festival, the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association also organised educational workshops on volunteering and supporting refugees. At NEVER AGAIN’s information stand, there were also practical worskhops on designing anti-racist DIY sew-on patches and t-shirts with the use of stencils and paints. The resulting items of clothing with the message ‘Music Against Racism’ were presented to the participants!

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an independent anti-racist organization founded in Warsaw in 1996. It has campaigned against antisemitism, racism and xenophobia, and for peace, intercultural dialogue and human rights both in Poland and internationally. ‘NEVER AGAIN’ has conducted the first anti-racism campaign in Eastern European football, ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of the Stadiums’ and is a founding member of the FARE network.

The campaign ‘Let’s Kick Racism out of Stadiums’ was a brainchild of the late Marcin Kornak (1968-2014), who chaired ‘NEVER AGAIN’ for many years. ‘Let’s Kick Racism out of Stadiums’ has run since the mid-1990s with the aim to combat racism and discrimination at stadiums. One of its main components is monitoring and reporting of hate crimes and hate speech cases.

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association also encourages musicians, record labels and promoters who are interested in releasing music tracks or videos as well as organising concerts (including online) with the promotional support of the ‘Music Against Racism’ campaign to get in touch via email: .

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On the occasion of the Refugee Week 2020, the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association has launched a new video documentary on the plight of the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar under the title ‘Sweet tea, bitter life’ (SEE VIDEO).

The Rohingya refugees are survivors of the ongoing genocidal campaign conducted by the Myanmar military. They have been described by the United Nations as the world’s most persecuted ethnic minority.

The languages of the documentary are Rohingya, Polish and English (with English and Polish subtitles) and it is available freely on the Association’s YouTube channel. It was shot several weeks ago, shortly before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, where approximately 1 million predominantly Muslim refugees from Myanmar are located.

According to the lead maker of the short documentary, Pawel Bolek, its aim was to show the human side of life in the refugee camp, which is largely unknown to the outside world. He says: – ‘The film shows that in our world everybody can suddenly, unexpectedly become a refugee’.

Previously, members of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ visited the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar in November 2019. During the visit representatives of ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Natalia Sineaeva and Rafal Pankowski met with refugees as well as medical personnel and civil society representatives.

Commemoration of genocide, empowering the victims of violence and the promotion of peace and non-discrimination will be among the subjects of a large-scale international event co-organized by ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association member Natalia Sineaeva, the Global Cyber Peace Conference ‘Envisioning the World After the Great Pause’, held on 27 June.

The conference will last for 24 hours, starting from New Zealand through Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe, ending in the Americas/Caribbean. It will be an interactive online experience featuring speakers and attendees from around the globe. The conference is organized in cooperation with Rotary Peace Centres across the world, Mediators Beyond Borders International, and many other organisations. Almost forty sessions and workshops will be conducted across three conference zones: Asia/Oceania, Africa/Europe/Middle East, and the Americas/Caribbean. The conference themes include topics such as tackling identity-based violence, environment and peace, education and peace, and cultural resources for peace.

Natalia Sineaeva is the Europe regional coordinator for Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association and she is a member of the conference leadership team for Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

During the event a special panel under the heading Cultural Resources for Peace: Peace Project Incubator will be devoted to the question: how do museums and memory sites deal with ongoing atrocities and war? The speakers include the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association’s Natalia Sineaeva as well as Shahriar Kabir, a renowned writer, filmmaker and human rights activist, President of the Forum for Secular Bangladesh & Trial of the War Criminals of 1971; Kornelis Spaans, a member of the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes of the International Council of Museums (ICOM); Tali Nates, the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and chair of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation; Naomi Kikoler, the director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Mofidul Hogue, director of the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Haider Elias, the President of Yazda – Global Yazidi Organization.

NEVER AGAIN’ Association members and friends are also going to speak in several other sessions of the conference, one of the largest of its kind in recent history.

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an independent organization established in Warsaw in 1996. It has campaigned against racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, for peace, intercultural dialogue and human rights both in Poland and internationally.

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