Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), London

7 July 2022

On behalf of the Secretary General, I took part in the 3rd Ministerial Conference Freedom of Religion or Belief, hosted by the UK, following my attendance online of the 2nd FORB ministerial organised by Poland in 2020. The Conference in London provider an excellent opportunity to nework with...

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75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz Holocaust Museum

4 July 2022

On behalf of the Secretary General, I was invited to participate in the 75thAnniversary event of the Auschwitz Holocaust Museum. The event included a dedicated guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps and a seminar on the future of Holocaust remembrance and its role in combating antisemitism....

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Conference of European Rabbis (CER) 2022 Convention in Munich

1 June 2022

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) brings together some 700 orthodox Rabbis from all over Europe. The CER’s President is Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, who has attended several meetings at the Council of Europe, most recently an exchange on combatting antisemitism during the Hungarian Presidency...

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Antisemitism envoys gather in Jerusalem for Holocaust Remembrance Day

29 April 2022 Strasbourg

JERUSALEM – Dozens of global officials tasked with combating antisemitism met in Israel to continue brainstorming on how to end the world’s oldest hatred. The SECCA (Special Envoys and Coordinators Combating Antisemitism) forum, hosted by the World Jewish Congress in cooperation with the Israeli...

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Russia must stop aggression and destruction of religious sites and places of worship – joint statement by Special Representatives of OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Council of Europe

13 April 2022 VIENNA/STRASBOURG

As the Russian military attack against Ukraine continues, we mourn the victims of war and lament the millions forced to leave their homes and their country behind, seeking shelter and safety within Ukraine, in Europe and beyond. Children, women and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Many...

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New Recommendation to European governments on Holocaust Remembrance represents an essential commitment in the fight against antisemitism.

17 MArch 2022 Strasbourg

This Recommendation is a breakthrough that has been several years in the making. It is addressed to the governments of the 46 Council of Europe member states, and it will also become an important international point of reference. The text represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date guidance...

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Summary of activities 2021

3 January 2022 Strasbourg

The fight against rising antisemitism is a priority for the Organisation along with combatting anti-Muslim racism and other forms of religious intolerance. The Secretary General’s Special Representative first appointed at the end of 2020, ensures the coordinated and collective expertise of the...

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Youth and inter-cultural dialogue: building Europe based on common values, human dignity and mutual respect

16 December 2021 Strasbourg

On 15 December, youth representatives from different cultural and religious backgrounds were invited to the Council of Europe for a seminar entitled “Young people facing hate speech today: impact and solutions”. Samuel Lejoyeux, President of the Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF),...

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Meeting with Fiona Bruce MP – the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief

6 December 2021

I was honoured to meet the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief (FoRB) and her Deputy, David Burrowes, for a detailed exchange of views, facilitated by the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe. Fiona Bruce was nominated Special Envoy for FoRB at the end of 2020...

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Meeting with Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

25 November 2021 Strasbourg

Dr. Josef Schuster was elected President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in 2014 and re-elected for another four years in 2018. He recently described the German federal elections as “an expression of living democracy” while warning that the fight against right-wing populism and...

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Meeting with Ambassador Ismat Jahan, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

25 November 2021 Strasbourg

I was honoured to receive Ambassador Ismat Jahan, OIC Permanent Observer to the European Union for a courtesy visit at the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe has previously organised several study visits for the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission. In our meeting we discussed...

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Combating Antisemitism: Government, Parliamentary, Civil Society and Business Responses

4 November 2021 Strasbourg

Together with the Delegation of Israel to international organisations in France, the Secretary General’s Special Representative is hosting a seminar in Paris on 8 November, entitled “Combating Antisemitism: Government, Parliamentary, Civil Society and Business Responses”. Keynote speakers include...

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Dimension of “Living Together” and intercultural dialogue: the model of Judeo-Moroccan culture

3 November 2021 Strasbourg

I wish to thank colleagues from the European Cultural Routes secretariat in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in Strasbourg for holding this symposium on Judeo-Moroccan culture. Morocco is an excellent example of how to protect Jewish heritage in a...

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Pandemic Hate: COVID-related Antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred on Social Media

14 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Special Representative on religious intolerance and hate crimes, Daniel Höltgen, will take part in the launch of a new report on COVID-related antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred on social media in Brussels on Monday 18 October. The report has been compiled by the...

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Secretary General at Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

Secretary General 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is taking part in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 13 October 2021. She is making a speech and is taking part in the panel entitled “Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online...

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Pillars of Modern Age Europe – Coexistence of Religious Communities, Debrecen 13-15 October

11 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General’s Special Representative on antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and hate crimes will be participating in the international Conference, Pillars of Modern Age Europe – Coexistence of Religious Communities from 13 to 15 October and will be making...

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Council of Europe invited by Ukraine to attend 80th anniversary Commemoration of the Babyn Yar

11 October 2021 Strasbourg

By invitation of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, I was honoured to represent the Council of Europe, on 6 October, at the 80th anniversary Commemoration of the Babyn Yar Massacre. Marking 80 years since the Babyn Yar massacre in Kyiv, Ukraine, on September 29-30, 1941, speeches were held by...

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Athens Democracy Forum

6 October 2021 Strasbourg

For the second year in a row the Council of Europe was actively participating in the Athens Democracy Forum 29 September - 1 October. Communications’ Director Daniel Höltgen was moderating a panel on combating racism and hate speech and Marja Ruotanen, Director of Human Dignity and Equality,...

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