On International Holocaust Remembrance day, FRA honours the memory of the victims and renews its calls for the EU and its Member States to increase their efforts to combat antisemitism, a phenomenon that shows no sign of waning.
Indeed, terrorist attacks in Belgium, France and Denmark, widespread antisemitic cyberhate and continued verbal and physical abuse of Jews or their property serve as a sad reminder that Jewish people in the EU continue to face antisemitism to this day.
To mark this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day, FRA is participating in a workshop on fundamental rights and Holocaust remembrance, hosted by the European Commission. The aim of the seminar is to provide human rights education and training to EU officials on the Holocaust, thereby enabling them to learn from the past to address the fundamental rights challenges of the present. The seminar was co-developed by FRA, the European Commission and the Wannsee-Memorial. Commissioned by FRA, the training materials are available as an online toolkit.
Tackling antisemitism needs concerted action by the EU, its Member States and civil society organisations. However, as FRA’s annual overview on data on antisemitic incidents available in the EU shows, a lack of robust data on the prevalence of antisemitism limits the capability of policy makers to develop and implement targeted measures to combat the phenomenon.
The persistence of antisemitic and other bias-related crimes in the EU make the activities of the Working party on improving reporting and recording of hate crime in the EU established last year by FRA particularly important. A compendium of practices currently under development by the working party will be published in April 2016, helping to enable both victims all over the EU to report incidents of hate crime and law enforcement agencies to properly record them. This in turn should help increase the investigation of offences and their eventual prosecution, helping victims of hate crime to obtain redress for what they have suffered.