Conférence de l’OSCE sur la lutte contre l’antisémitisme -Tirana, le 4 février 2020

Déclaration de l’Ambassadeur de France en Albanie, Mme Christina Vasak

France thanks the Albanian Chairmanship and OSCE/ODIHR for organising this conference, allowing us to address the important issue of combating antisemitism in the OSCE region.

France is fully committed to combat antisemitism, as well as all forms of discrimination, racism, intolerance and xenophobia. During the recent commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, M. Emmanuel Macron, Président de la République française, once again most strongly emphasized France’s total determination in this respect, at Yad Vashem on 23 January and at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris on 27 January where the “mur des noms” was renovated. The Prime Minister took part in the ceremony in Auschwitz on the same day. I myself went back to Berat on 25 January for the commemoration of “Dita e Kujtesës” (Shoah) in the very moving Solomon Museum. It reminds us of the salvation of Jewish items by Mr. Simon Vrusho and, after his death, thanks to M. Gazmen Toska.

The OSCE region has witnessed a worrisome increase in acts of intolerance, including antisemitic acts, in the past years. No one and no country is immune and we should all remain collectively engaged in finding solutions in order to prevent and combat such acts.

Exchanges of good practices between participating States, including during the human dimension events or through ad hoc conferences like this one, are useful in this context.

At the national level, France remains committed to combat all forms of intolerance, including anti-Semitism, within the framework of the “Plan national de lutte contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme” (2018-2020), which aims at strengthening our actions in particular in the field of education and training (of policemen, teachers, members of the judiciary, etc). We are also determined to fight against hate speech, especially online, notably through a new legislation strengthening transparency obligations and the moderation of social networks. France also combats intolerance at the international level : it was for example on the agenda of our Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in particular in Strasbourg, last year ; this is an area of cooperation between France and Albania, as well as with other partners (e.g. regarding hate speech or the “enseignement laïque du fait religieux”).

Finally, let me say a few words on a seminar organized by the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the French Ambassador for Human Rights in partnership with the German Mission and the Geneva Office of the Congrès juif mondial. Entitled “Antisémitisme, mémoire de la Shoah, justice pénale internationale : quelle mémoire pour quelle action aujourd’hui ?”, it took place at the Mémorial de la maison d’Izieu in France. Many diplomats went to this place of history and remembrance, which perpetuates the memory of the Jewish children and adults who found refuge there from May 1943 until the raid on 6th April 1944. By evoking the memory of the Jewish children and helpers of Izieu, the Memorial sets out to fight all forms of intolerance and racism.

Let us not forget why the United Nations was founded. This is not enough to say “never again”. We should remain committed to the universality of Human Rights.

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