Addressing the security needs of Jewish communities was the focus of an event co-organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in co-operation with the Interior Ministry of the Slovak Republic, the Jewish Community of Bratislava/Slovakia and the Museum of Jewish Culture, on 14 June 2018.
The event brought together Slovak law-enforcement and Jewish community representatives, as well as officials from other relevant ministries and NGOs, to raise awareness of issues related to ensuring security for Jewish communities. Discussions focused on co-operation between law-enforcement agencies and Jewish communities in Slovakia and the challenges, opportunities and recommendations for such co-operation in the future.
The event also provided an opportunity to present the Slovak-language version of the ODIHR publication Understanding Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish Communities – A Practical Guide. The publication details practical steps that governments can take, in co-operation with Jewish communities, to prevent and respond to Anti-Semitic hate crimes and better address the security needs of those communities.