Romania creates award for special merits in combating antisemitism and hate speech

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis promulgated a law regarding the establishment of the Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu National Award for special merits in combating antisemitism, hate speech, xenophobia and radicalisation.

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Amb. Mihnea Constantinescu’s formidable legacy of values-based diplomacy is a trademark and a constant inspiration for Romania. The prize will allow researchers and authors to honor and continue his important work on topics that are more than ever relevant and essential for peace.”

A respected career diplomat, Constantinescu held senior positions in the Romanian Foreign Ministry and served as a diplomatic advisor to several prime ministers. He acted as Chair of the IHRA from March 2016 until March 2017 and was instrumental in achieving the adoption of a non-legally binding Working Definition of Antisemitism to guide the IHRA in its work.

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