Warsaw, Poland, September 24, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the 57 states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to follow through on their pledge to address anti-Semitism and hate violence across the region.
The League addressed the government officials assembled at the OSCE's annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, flagging developments and trends across the region and providing recommendations for action.
“Anti-Semitism and hatred is a shared problem across the OSCE region and all states, and all sectors of society in each of our countries share a stake in our collective effort to combat it,” said Mindy Reinstein, ADL Assistant Director of Government and National Affairs, who presented the League’s statement at the meeting. “In some OSCE countries, anti-Semitism has a seat at the political table in the form of parties with anti-Semitic and xenophobic platforms. Two of the most fundamental Jewish religious practices – circumcision and kosher slaughter – are increasingly being challenged.”
ADL called on the 57 participating states to take action, including:
ADL continues to work with the OSCE by seeking innovative ways to address anti-Semitism and hate crime in Europe and in the region of the Former Soviet Union. Over the past 10 years, the League has presented resources and recommendations to the OSCE on issues including best practices to confront anti-Semitism, anti-bias education, hate crime data collection, combating youth violence, hate on the Internet, and Holocaust education.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.