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MAE’s Constantinescu: IHRA adopts working definition of antisemitism

At a plenary meeting in Bucharest May 23-26, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) adopted a working definition of antisemitism, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) reports in a press statement.

It says the definition passed by consensus after advanced talks.

“All IHRA Member Countries share concern that incidents of antisemitism are steadily rising and agree that IHRA’s Member Countries and particularly IHRA’s experts need political tools with which to fight this scourge. IHRA’s 31 member countries – 24 of which are EU member countries – are committed to the Stockholm Declaration and thereby to fighting the evil of antisemitism through coordinated international political action,” said IHRA Chairman-in-office Mihnea Constantinescu.

He added that “by adopting this working definition, the IHRA is setting an example of responsible conduct for other international fora and hopes to inspire them also to take action on a legally binding working definition.”

“The IHRA was the appropriate body to adopt a working definition of antisemitism,” said Constantinescu.

May 23-26, 2016, the IHRA held its first bi-annual plenary meeting under the Romanian Chairmanship in Bucharest. Over four days, 240 experts and decision-makers gathered to discuss the Holocaust, antisemitism and extremism, which represent topical issues of the contemporary world.

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