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Combating anti-Semitism and maintaining the duty of memory to avoid repeating of the past

“As we pay tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust, this ceremony reminds us that we must continue our fight against anti-Semitism, as well as other forms of hatred and intolerance. Maintaining the duty of memory to ensure that these things do not happen again, but also combating anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred and intolerance – that is our role", said PACE President Anne Brasseur today, at a ceremony to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, organised at the Council of Europe.

"Anti-Semitism has become relatively trivialised and is present to varying degrees in all the member States of the Council of Europe: desecrations, vandalism, publications, insults, threats, physical attacks and even murders. Its resurgence should be a wake-up call to these States to step up vigilance and tackle the threats that anti-Semitism poses to the fundamental values which the Council of Europe is tasked with upholding", she reiterated.