Remembering the Holocaust, fostering tolerance

05 February 2015
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There is great diversity not only among OSCE participating States, but increasingly also within societies across the OSCE region. Clearly, we must do all we can to counter and prevent discrimination and hate crime, including anti-Semitism and intolerance against Muslims, Christians and other religions or beliefs. The failure to do so is sure to undercut even our best efforts at promoting inclusiveness within our societies, and is a direct threat to our security.

The commemoration I attended at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial on 27 January, marking the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, served as a stark reminder of how possible such hideous crimes are, and how important our vigilance is in preventing them. In this edition, you can learn more about efforts by our Office, the OSCE Chairperson’s Personal Representatives on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, and the OSCE as a whole in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination across the region.

Michael Georg Link
OSCE office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Auschwitz death camp survivor Jadwiga Bogucka (maiden name Regulska), 89, registered with camp number 86356, holds a picture of herself from 1944 in Warsaw January 12, 2015. (Reuters)
Remembering the Holocaust is a powerful way for societies to remind themselves of the need to counter anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and to protect, promote and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms in today’s world.

In many OSCE participating States, officials and civil society representatives gather to honour Holocaust survivors, to pay tribute to those who rescued Jews and others and to reflect about the lessons of the Holocaust. Read More

Efforts to counter anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance crucial as ever

As people across the OSCE region commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, OSCE officials highlighted the importance for societies to stand firmly against the contemporary challenges of anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of intolerance. Read More

OSCE Chairperson’s Personal Representatives on tolerance visit France

The Personal Representatives of the Chairperson-in-Office on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination conducted a country visit to France from 19-21 January 2015 – their first joint visit under the 2015 OSCE Chairmanship of Serbia. Read More

Enhancing OSCE efforts to promote tolerance, non-discrimination and dialogue to counter radicalization and extremism

At the initiative of OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, delegations of OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation held an open-ended brainstorming session on ways to strengthen OSCE efforts to promote tolerance, non-discrimination and dialogue and to mobilise its tools and resources to address the growing challenge of violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. Read More

OSCE participating States issue Declaration condemning terrorist attacks in France

The OSCE’S 57 participating States adopted a declaration condemning terrorist attacks that took place in France in January, emphasizing that terrorism can never be justified, that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and that States continue to work to foster tolerance in their societies. Learn More

Tools & Resources

Hate crime reporting in 2013: The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) annually presents consistent and reliable information from participating States, civil society organizations and inter-governmental organizations on hate crimes, notable incidents and policy responses. See the 2013 Report

TANDIS: Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Information System: TANDIS serves as a platform for sharing and promoting practices and initiatives and to provide information on issues related to tolerance and non-discrimination throughout the OSCE region. Access TANDIS

Hate Monitor: Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hate Monitor is a monthly visualization of the hate crimes monitoring data collected by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It presents the latest data on all known bias-motivated incidents and responses to these incidents by the justice sector, local authorities, and civil society throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Download the infographic

OSCE's work in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination

The OSCE actively supports its 57 participating States in combating all forms of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination, including anti-Semitism, and discrimination against Christians and Muslims. Learn more about the work done to promote tolerance and non-discrimination by various parts of the OSCE.


OSCE/ODIHR handbooks on combating hate crime: Read more about good practices on countering this phenomenon here.

Addressing Islamophobia through Education: The Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims are intended for a wide audience, and are relevant for both primary and secondary education. Learn More

Teaching Materials to Challenge anti-Semitism: A collection of teaching materials aimed at combating anti-Semitism. Read More
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