Statements & Speeches

Deputy Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos’ addresses welcome speech to the IHRA Thessaloniki Plenary delegates

Deputy Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos’ welcome address to Thessaloniki Plenary

“Dear Honorary President of IHRA, Professor Yehuda Bauer, Dear Members of National Delegations and Working Groups and Committees, Dear Permanent Office members, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thessaloniki used to be the major center of Jewish Sephardic culture in South-eastern Europe. In the Judeo Spanish language spoken by the Jews of Thessaloniki, ...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ addresses welcome speech to the IHRA Thessaloniki Plenary delegates

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ welcome address to Thessaloniki Plenary

“Greece’s Presidency of the IHRA has by now reached its midway point.

Over the past months, we focused our efforts on assessing how to confront the resurgence of Antisemitism.

Unfortunately, Antisemitism feeds on ignorance, fear, feelings of impotence and conspiracy theories.

Even the most advanced and sophisticated societies remain vulnerable ...
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IHRA Chair under the Greek Presidency, Ambassador Chris J. Lazaris, addresses a welcome speech to the Thessaloniki Plenary delegates

IHRA Chair, Ambassador Lazaris, welcomes delegates to the Thessaloniki Plenary 2021

“My most respected Honorary President, Professor Yehuda Bauer,
Dear Heads and members of national Delegations,
Dear colleagues and coworkers of the IHRA Permanent Office,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here we are already, at the second IHRA Plenary under Greek Presidency and Thessaloniki remains as elusive as ever. Though COVID is to blame, we had ...
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IHRA Chair’s statement on recent antisemitic violence and hate speech supported by the Athen’s Plenary

Ambassador Lazaris stresses the importance of the IHRA Greek Presidency in an interview with Athens News Agency

Τhe head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) (“Greece to play a leading role”) stressed the importance of assuming the Presidency of the Alliance. Lazaris gave the interview in the framework of the ...
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Ambassador Lazaris stresses the importance of the IHRA Greek Presidency in an interview with Athens News Agency

Panel Discussion on the challenges of racism and hate speech co-organized by the Greek Presidency of the IHRA and Babyn Yar within Athens Democracy Forum

Ambassador Lazaris: "The IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism is an essential tool in the fight against Racism and Hate speech"

The Holocaust should serve contemporary societies as a guide about how far racism and hate speech can go and as an ongoing reminder that Democracy needs to constantly fight against ...
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FM Dendias Athens Democracy Forum

2021 Athens Democracy Forum: Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias addresses the Symposium on “Combating Racism and Hate Speech: Lessons from the Holocaust”

“We did believe that it was unthinkable that this could happen. But the unthinkable did indeed happen. This is the reason why we can never say: “our work is done”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Dendias, opened the Symposium on “Combating Racism and Hate Speech: Lessons from ...
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