Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) meeting – security needs of Jewish Communities in Poland

The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) has been mandated to support participating States with their efforts to counter contemporary anti-Semitism. Most recently, the OSCE Basel Ministerial Council Declaration on Enhancing Efforts to Combat Anti-Semitism called on OSCE/ODIHR to offer to participating States best practices on efforts to counter anti-Semitism.
In light of the above and as part of the German-funded, multi-year project on “Turning Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism”, OSCE/ODIHR has developed a publication entitled “Understanding Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish Communities – A Practical Guide”. This publication lays out practical steps that governments, in co-operation and partnership with Jewish communities, are recommended to undertake to better address the security needs of Jewish communities.

The event, organized in partnership with the Polish Ministry of Interior, the General Police Headquarters of Poland and the Jewish Community of Warsaw, will bring together law-enforcement officials and Jewish community members from Poland in order to discuss issues concerning the security needs of Jewish communities. The event will allow for presenting the design and potential of the publication and discussing its applicability and future in Poland.