The highlight of the plenary session was the adoption by the IHRA Plenary of a working definition of antisemitism.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) held its first bi-annual Plenary meeting under the Romanian Chairmanship from 23-26 May 2016 in Bucharest, where over four days around 200 experts and policymakers from all over the world met to discuss the Holocaust as a contemporary political issue.
Experts and policymakers from the IHRA’s 31 Member Countries, eleven Observer Countries, and seven international partner organizations gathered to discuss Holocaust education, research and remembrance as a contemporary political issue.
The highlight of the plenary session was the adoption by the IHRA Plenary of a working definition of antisemitism .
IHRA Chair, Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, stated:
“All IHRA Member Countries share concern that incidents of antisemitism are steadily rising and agree that IHRA’s Member Countries and indeed 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.”
The IHRA is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally.
The IHRA was initiated in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, who decided to establish an international organization that would expand Holocaust education worldwide. He also developed the idea of an international forum of governments interested in discussing Holocaust education.
IHRA currently has 31 member countries, ten observer countries and seven Permanent International Partners. Membership is open to all democratic countries, and members must be committed to the Stockholm Declaration and to the implementation of national policies and programs in support of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research. Member countries are encouraged to develop multilateral partnerships and to share best practices.
The IHRA’s Committee on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism was set up in order to form a common approach to address the upsurge in antisemitism and Holocaust denial and trivialization. The Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial is tasked with assessing the situation and submitting to the Plenary annual recommendations on measures to be taken to fight antisemitism in all its different forms.