OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism Rabbi Andrew Baker to visit Moldova this week

CHISINAU, 28 February 2017 – The Personal Representative of the Austrian OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, Rabbi Andrew Baker, is visiting Moldova from 28 February to 3 March 2017. This is Rabbi Baker’s first official visit to Moldova and takes place as one of the regular visits made to all 57 OSCE participating States.

During his visit, Rabbi Baker will follow up on the Moldovan government’s new initiatives – beginning in 2016 when Moldova joined the majority of other OSCE participating States in formally observing Holocaust Remembrance Day. He will look at the country’s subsequent measures to commit the necessary resources to strengthen the commemoration and study of the Holocaust in a local context for the purpose of promoting the spirit of tolerance, humanism and mutual respect.

Rabbi Baker will meet with President Igor Dodon, Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu, Prime Minister Pavel Filip, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Lilian Darii, Minister of Education Corina Fusu, Minister of Culture Monica Babuc, and Director General of the Bureau for Interethnic Relations Oleg Babenco, among other government officials. He will also meet with civil society representatives, including representatives of the Jewish community of Moldova.

For more information, please contact Rachel Bending, Spokesperson of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, at + 373 22 887846 (landline), + 373 69 149 510 (mobile) or e-mail: Rachel.Bending@osce.org

For further details about the OSCE’s work in Moldova, please see: www.osce.org/moldova

For PDF attachments or links to sources of further information, please visit: http://www.osce.org/cio/302151

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