IHRA Chair on government responses to COVID-19

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IHRA Chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler says, "As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the globe, and governments rush to respond to the growing pandemic, the challenges facing our societies are becoming more and more apparent. The new coronavirus, which poses an unprecedented threat to public health, has shown that it will test the resilience of our democratic institutions as well.

Especially during times of crisis, it is important that the necessary actions taken by governments do not fan the flames of xenophobia, antisemitism, antigypsyism, and other forms of discrimination, but that they are rather guided by democratic values and work to maintain the fabric of democratic society.

The IHRA calls upon governments around the world to encourage solidarity, pluralism, and inclusivity in their responses to COVID-19, as it is a threat that affects us all."