René Cassin statement on anti-Semitism – Wednesday 28 March

28 Mar, 2018 | Latest, Protecting Human Rights in the UK

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The message from the Jewish Community this week is clear: more needs to be done to oppose and tackle anti-Semitism.

As a Jewish human rights charity, René Cassin draws on Jewish experience and values to speak out for other vulnerable and vilified minorities – so we are encouraged that others have shown solidarity with the Jewish community in making clear that anti-Semitism must not be tolerated.

In Britain we are currently seeing an overall rise in hate crime, which affects all minority communities.  As human rights defenders, we must continue to stand together against all forms of hate.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), a UN document co-authored by our namesake, Monsieur René Cassin. Cassin passionately preached the universality of human rights – that they applied to everyone. Hostility or prejudice against any community, whether motivated by religion or faith, disability, gender identity, race, or sexual orientation is unacceptable and stands in stark contrast to his legacy and that of the UDHR.

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