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The Fight against Anti-Semitism in the OSCE region

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Mayelinne De Lara
Mayelinne De Lara
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The Albanian Presidency of the OSCE organized on 4-5 February 2020 in Tirana, the High Level Conference on the Fight against Anti-Semitism in the OSCE region. It was attended by official delegations from OSCE participating States, representatives of international organizations and civil society, etc. 

The high-level conference, which marks the first activity of its kind of the Albanian Presidency, provided an opportunity for dialogue and discussion among participants on current challenges and good practices related to the fight against anti-Semitism, while also examining the possibilities of interaction between states. OSCE participants to promote tolerance and non-discrimination. The conference also addressed the role of civil society in addressing anti-Semitism manifestations as well as the inalienable importance of educational programs in helping to combat this phenomenon.

The full information about the conference can be accessed here: https://www.osce.org/chairmanship/445474 

Another important activity organised by the Albanian Parliament which also took place in 2020,  can be found in the following link: https://balkans.combatantisemitism.org/​​

The Albanian Parliament, in partnership with the Movement Against Anti-Semitism and the Agency for Jews of Israel, organized the first Balkan Forum Against Anti-Semitism, on 28 October 2020. The forum took place after the adoption by the Albanian parliament of the Resolution “On the adoption of the usable definition of anti-Semitism, defined by the International Alliance for the Remembrance of the Holocaust”, in the plenary session on 22 October. 

Guests and special speakers at the Forum were US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and European Parliament President David Sassoli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUPi-2fmhxc 

The Forum was attended and addressed by the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Gramoz Ruçi, Chairman of the SP Parliamentary Group, Mr. Taulant Balla, Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Mrs. Mr. Vjosa Osmani, Speaker of the Parliament of Northern Macedonia Talat Xhaferi, Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro, Mr. Aleksa Bečić, Speaker of the Parliament of the State of Israel, Mr. Mr. Yariv Levin, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Engel Moratinos, United States Senator for Nevada, Mrs. Mr. Jacklyn Rosen, United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Mrs. Elan S. Carr, Minister of Diaspora Affairs of the State of Israel; Mr. Omer Yankelevich, President of the Center for Jewish Influence Robert Singer, President of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Mr. Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Board of the Congress of Eurasian Jews, Mr. Aaron Frenkel, as well as activists in the global fight against anti-Semitism.

For more information please open the link below:

https://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/resources/rescue-of-jews-in-albania-through-yad-vashem-files.html#:~:text=Among%20the%20Nations-,The%20Rescue%20of%20Jews%20in%20Albania%20Through%20the%20Perspective%20of,the%20Righteous%20Among%20the%20Nations&text=Since%20the%20inception%20of%20the,as%20Righteous%20Among%20the%20Nations

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