Czech National Strategy on combatting antisemitism in the works

The Czech government is preparing a national strategy to combat antisemitism, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský announced in a video on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Remembering the tragedy of the Holocaust and bearing witness to it teach us to better recognize dangerous tendencies that turn toward terrible ends,” the chief diplomat said.

The Strategy will focus on education, on the fight against hate speech on the Internet, and on legislation.

According to Lipavský, research on antisemitism and extremism in the Czech Republic shows the country has a relatively low number of recorded incidents with an antisemitic subtext. “We can be proud of that, but even here the amount of speech and other forms of racial intolerance on the Internet is rising. This also applies to the Romani minority,” the minister added.

The new national strategy is a commitment by all EU member states in a EU council declaration. The Czech Republic will host an international conference in November, Lipavský added, in the scope of the Czech presidency the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2022.

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