“Ottawa Protocol” draws the line on antisemitism

“Ottawa Protocol” draws the line on antisemitism

Stepped-up efforts within Canada and around the world are needed to combat rising antisemitism, says an international declaration designed to stamp out the “most enduring of all hatreds.”

The declaration, known as the Ottawa Protocol, was released yesterday after a two-day meeting of parliamentarians and experts from about four dozen countries in Ottawa.

“We are alarmed by the explosion of antisemitism and hate on the Internet, a medium crucial for the promotion and protection of freedom of expression, freedom of information and the participation of a civil society,” the declaration says.

The Ottawa Protocol builds on one crafted in London in February 2009 at the founding conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.

Among the commitments of the Ottawa Protocol: Here is the full text of the Ottawa Protocol

– Working with universities to encourage them to fight antisemitism with the same seriousness with which they confront other forms of crimes.

– Establishing an international task force of Internet specialists comprising parliamentarians and experts to create ways to identify and monitor antisemitism and other hate crimes online and to develop policy recommendations on how governments can address the problems.

– Working to ensure police have one universal and comprehensive recording facility for hate crimes in general, which also breaks out antisemitic attacks.

(Tags: Anti-Semitism, Canada, Ottawa, Government)

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