Statement of the IHRA Chair, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, regarding the outcome of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg.

Following the conclusion on 9 December 2016 of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, I would like to commend the efforts and the strong commitment of the German Chairmanship  to promote the endorsement by OSCE of the working definition of antisemitism previously adopted by the IHRA.
 
 I am grateful to the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank Walter Steinmeier, and his team for the continuous efforts in the last months to advance a consensus on this matter. I also praise the contribution to these efforts by Rabbi Andrew Baker, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding the Rabbi Tsirilson Synagogue and Magen David Yeshiva situated in Chisinau, Moldova

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is deeply concerned by the ongoing property dispute between the government of Moldova and the Jewish community of Moldova involving the Rabbi Tsirilson Synagogue and the Magen David Yeshiva.
 
 The IHRA feels strongly that the serious efforts being made by the Jewish community to restore these properties should be met with encouragement and support from the government.
 
 As Moldova demonstrated its commitment to issues of Holocaust education, research and remembrance by becoming an IHRA observer country in 2014 and by declaring 27 January the...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Attack on Roma Community in Ukraine

The Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance strongly condemns the attack on the Roma Community in Loschchynivka, Ukraine.
 
 Media and NGO sources reported that following allegations on 27 August that the tragic murder of a 9-year old girl could be linked to a Romani man, villagers attacked the local Roma community.
 
 According to the media reports, following the damage suffered to their homes and property, the local Roma community was forced to flee and urgently needs to be rehoused. The Roma Community “voluntarily” agreed to permanently leave the village after discussions...

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Joint Statement with OSCE ODIHR on Occasion of 2 August

ODIHR Director Link and IHRA Chair Constantinescu, on day to commemorate genocide against Roma and Sinti, say greater efforts needed to protect endangered memorial sites and ensure dignity of victims.
 
 WARSAW/ BUCHAREST, 2 August 2016 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), called today for greater efforts to protect endangered memorial sites related to the Roma and Sinti genocide during World War II. Speaking on the occasion...

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In Memory of Elie Wiesel

A message from the IHRA Chair on the passing of Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize for Peace Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
 
 "On behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance I express my deepest sadness at the passing of the Nobel Prize for Peace laureate, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, and send my heartfelt condolences to his family.
 
 Elie Wiesel will be remembered for the strong and vibrant messages which he sent to the next generations to make every possible effort to not forget the tragedy of the Holocaust and, above all, to act in solidarity so that such a tragedy will never...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Planned Holocaust Denial Competition in Iran

IHRA Chair's Statement: It was with great concern and disappointment that I learned of an exposition of Holocaust denial cartoons in Teheran following a competition sponsored by two Iranian cultural organizations, as part of the Cartoon Biennale.
 
 It must remain clear that any attempt to claim that the Holocaust did not take place or to minimize or blur responsibility for the genocide is an attack on the memory of the victims and memory of the Holocaust. On behalf of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I denounce this disgraceful competition and express my strong criticism that...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Attack in Brussels

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) was deeply saddened and shocked by the terrorist attacks which took place in Brussels on 22 March.
 
 The IHRA would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families of those killed and injured in these hate crimes. The IHRA community stands with the Belgian delegation to the IHRA as well as all other affected IHRA delegations and our partners in the EU institutions at this difficult time.
 
 We remain, as ever, committed to the tenets of the Stockholm Declaration which reaffirm humanity’s common aspiration for mutual understanding...

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IHRA Chair's Statement Regarding Planned Holocaust Denial Competition in Iran

IHRA Chair's Statement regarding the planned Holocaust Denial Competition in Iran:
 
 As in previous years, IHRA’s 31 member countries stand united in their condemnation of the planned 2016 Holocaust denial cartoon competition in Iran.
 
 IHRA strongly believes that it is the responsibility of the international community to uphold the terrible truth of the Holocaust against those who deny it.
 
 This principle is enshrined in IHRA’s founding document, the Stockholm Declaration, and in its Working Definition of Holocaust Distortion and Denial. It must remain clear that Holocaust denial is a...

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Honorary Chairman Statement on the Refugee Crisis

IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, has issued the following statement: "The current refugee crisis, which has led to a tremendous number of refugees arriving in Europe, will undoubtedly affect the work of IHRA.
 
 IHRA deals with preserving the memory of the Holocaust as well as with its academic and educational impact for the current situation.
 
 As the IHRA Working Group and Committee Chairs said in their statement of 9 September, the present refugee crisis is notably different from the persecution of the Jews and other victims before, during, and after the Holocaust...

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Working Group and Committee Chair Statement on the Refugee Crisis

9 September, 2015. In response to the extraordinary nature of the current refugee crisis, we, the Chairs of the Working Groups and Committees of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), issue the following statement:
 
 As expert delegates of the IHRA, we are profoundly concerned about the plight of the refugees fleeing war-torn countries. The circumstances surrounding the current refugee situation are notably different from the persecution of Jews and other victims before, during and after the Holocaust; nonetheless, there are parallels between the treatment of refugees then...

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