13.12.2013 - Education Sector

First intergovernmental agreement on a definition of Holocaust Denial adopted

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The 31 countries composing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) have recently adopted by consensus a Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion.

This decision marks the first ever inter-governmental agreement on a definition of Holocaust denial. It will help researchers, educators and policy-makers identify and combat better antisemitism and manifestations of Holocaust denial. 

The IHRA is an intergovernmental body committed to Holocaust education, remembrance and research founded in 2000 during the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust. UNESCO, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany are International Permanent Partners of the IHRA.

UNESCO is committed to promoting awareness of Holocaust remembrance and to combating all forms of Holocaust denial, in accordance with UNESCO General Conference resolution on Holocaust remembrance.

This legally non-binding Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion




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