“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) is based in Warsaw, Poland. It is active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law.
ODIHR At a Glance:
The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the specialized institution of the OSCE dealing with elections, human rights, and democratization.
Based in Warsaw, Poland, the ODIHR:
Within the broader fields of human rights and democratization, the ODIHR's expertise and activities focus on the following areas: democratic elections, monitoring the implementation of OSCE human-rights commitments by participating States, combating trafficking in human beings, Roma and Sinti issues, protecting human rights in the fight against terrorism, freedom of religion, civil society, freedom of movement, rule of law, gender equality, and combating racism and related forms of intolerance.
TANDIS (Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Information System) was developed by the ODIHR's Tolerance and Non-Discrimination department. In order to share and promote practices and initiatives and to provide information on issues related to tolerance and non-discrimination throughout the OSCE region, TANDIS gives access to:
The publication "Holocaust Memorial Days in the OSCE Region: An Overview of Governmental Practices" was developed by OSCE/ODIHR in close cooperation with the IHRA and launched at the IHRA Plenary meetings in Liège, Belgium on 12 December 2012. More information on this publication is available here.
In July 2010, Mr. Dan Tichon, the IHRA Chair under the Chairmanship of Israel, and Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, Director of OSCE/ODIHR, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the IHRA and the OSCE/ODIHR in Jerusalem. The purpose of the Memorandum between the OSCE/ODIHR and the IHRA is to enhance their cooperation on combating antisemitism, xenophobia, hate crimes and other forms of extremism. This cooperation aims to raise awareness of the importance of Holocaust education and remembrance in the member countries of the IHRA and the participating States of the OSCE, including encouraging governments to strengthen Holocaust education and educational efforts to confront antisemitism in their societies and share best practices.