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Lithuania’s contribution to countering anti-Semitism presented at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism

Created: 2015.05.15 / Updated: 2015.05.15 12:57

At the 5th Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism held in Jerusalem on 12-14 May, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Mantvydas Bekešius reviewed Lithuania’s accomplishments in liquidation of consequences of the Holocaust, combating the manifestations of anti-Semitism, especially in cyberspace.

Bekešius noted that Lithuania had resolved the restitution of Jewish religious property by adopting and implementing the Law of Good Will Compensation and is putting all efforts to preserve Jewish heritage in Lithuania. “When people realize that culture and history of national minorities are an integral part of the culture and history of Lithuania, there will be no ground for anti-semitism, manifestations of hatred or distrust,” noted Bekešius.

Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister emphasized that the necessary legal framework and infrastructure had been developed in Lithuania to monitor, prevent and punish hate crimes. The Lithuanian representative also drew attention to the importance of the training of law enforcement officials on addressing hate crimes and of the upbringing of the young generation in the spirit of tolerance and democracy.

On 13 May, Bekešius met with Deputy Director-General for Diplomacy at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alon Ushpiz to discuss cooperation between Lithuania and Israel, and key global issues.

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