World Jewish Congress welcomes joint statement on anti-Semitism delivered to UNHRC

 World Jewish Congress welcomes joint statement on anti-Semitism delivered to UNHRC

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2 July 2018

WJC welcomes first-of-its-kind joint statement on anti-Semitism delivered to UNHRC:
„Anti-Semitism must be a priority on the global human rights agenda”

WJC played proactive role in initiating and promoting this statement, under the guidance of WJC President Ronald S. LauderGENEVA – The World Jewish Congress helped achieve significant progress today at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 38th session in Geneva. Hungary led and delivered a joint statement on behalf of 21 co-sponsoring nations, denouncing anti-Semitism as a serious problem extending beyond the Jewish community, and calling on the international community to take concrete measures to combat the phenomenon.

The WJC played a proactive role in initiating and promoting this statement, under the guidance of President Ronald S. Lauder and in line with our mandate to fight anti-Semitism anywhere and everywhere it rears its head.

At the end of May, WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer held meetings with several Ambassadors in Geneva, including with the Ambassador of Hungary, H.E Ms. Zsuzsanna Horváth, where he raised this initiative. He held subsequent talks with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Budapest, together with President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ) Andras Heisler, and later with varying-level ministers and ambassadors from other relevant countries, and was pleased to witness the quick and earnest developments.

WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer meeting with Hungarian Ambassador Zsuzsanna Horváth in Geneva in May 2018. (c) World Jewish Congress.

Following intense efforts, the joint statement was delivered under the co-sponsorship including Albania, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Australia, Germany, Montenegro, Belgium, Lithuania, Netherlands, Greece, United Kingdom, Canada, and Liechtenstein. The WJC thanks each of them for recognizing the urgency and importance of this crucial initiative.

The signatories to this statement have sent a strong message to the Council, demonstrating a fundamental commitment to human rights and a much-needed recognition that the problem of anti-Semitism extends beyond Jewish communities and into society at large, and must be dealt with and countered by the international community as a whole.

The full statement can be read here.

The WJC has for years been at the forefront of urging the UNHRC to address anti-Semitism with the vigor it deserves, with members of the WJC’s Jewish Diplomatic Corps, our flagship program, delivering at least 15 statements to the Council – out of our more than 60 since 2015 – focusing solely on anti-Semitism. The WJC also held a side event last June at the UNHRC, together with the Permanent Mission of Germany, on the new frontiers of anti-Semitism and of the need for the issue to be a priority on the global human rights agenda. The WJC’s presence in Geneva and our ongoing work in the UNHRC, although often an uphill battle, has proven itself to be very efficient as demonstrated by the success of this initiative.