CoalitionThe need to remember often competes with the equally strong pressure to forget. Even with the best of intentions – such as to promote reconciliation after deeply divisive events by “turning the page” – erasing the past can prevent new generations from learning critical lessons while forever compromising opportunities to build a peaceful future.

Without safe spaces to remember and preserve these memories, the stories of elderly survivors of atrocity can vanish when they pass away; societies that have overcome conflicts may never seek justice for fear of re-opening old wounds; and the families of the disappeared may never find answers.

But these memories belong to us all. Their stories are our stories and their history is our history. This is why the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience exists. To learn more visit the International Sites of Conscience website.