Statements & Speeches

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias' welcome address

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“It is my privilege to welcome today to Athens, the participants to the first Plenary of the Holocaust International Remembrance Alliance under the 2021- 2022 Greek Presidency.

Dear Friends,

We do not want to see the memory of the Holocaust as an echo of the past; we see it as ...
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Secretary General for Greeks Abroad & Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis' welcome address

Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Distinguished delegates of the IHRA member countries, I warmly welcome you to the online Athens Plenary Meeting in the capital of Greece, a city with great history and a vibrant life.

It is a great honor to address this Plenary Meeting of the IHRA, an alliance whose goals and values ...
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IHRA Chair Ambassador Lazaris welcomes delegates to Athens Online Plenary

IHRA Chair Ambassador Chris Lazaris welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Excellencies, Heads of National Delegations, IHRA Colleagues, Dear Participants,

Welcome to Athens!

I do hope the video you have just viewed has enticed you to visit the “City crowned with Lillies” as the ancient tragedians called her, by yourselves and not just virtually. Incidentally, the name refers to Athens’ spectacular ...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ greeting remarks in the webinar “Practical implementation of the three non-legally binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies” (19.5.2021)

“It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to address today this educational webinar. It focuses on the practical Implementation of the three legally non-binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies. I warmly salute my dear colleagues, Ministers Bujar Osmani of North Macedonia and Karoline Edstadler of Austria. I ...
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IHRA Chair, Ambassador Chris Lazaris’ speech in the webinar “Practical implementation of the three non-legally binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies”

IHRA Chair, Ambassador Chris Lazaris’ speech in the webinar “Practical implementation of the three non-legally binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies” (19.05.2021)

“This webinar has a long and intricate title ‘Practical implementation of the three non-legally binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies’, but, for once, a long and intricate title does not do justice to the importance and depth of what we are about to undertake. Even more, the importance of ...
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IHRA Chair’s statement on recent escalation of Antisemitic violence and hate speech

"We strongly condemn the Αntisemitic violence and hate speech that has taken place in response to the recent escalation of violence in the Middle East. While freedoms of speech and protest are essential pillars of all democracies, nothing can justify hate speech. We must unequivocally oppose all attacks targeting Jewish places of worship as well as Αntisemitic rhetoric, including holding Jews collectively responsible for events now developing in the ...
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