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04 Jan 2015 - International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The AJR is proud to be part of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which brings together governments and non-governmental organisations to raise awareness of the Holocaust and place political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance, and research both nationally and internationally.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton supported the then Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson to establish the IHRA (formerly the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, or ITF) following the Stockholm International Forum in 2000. The Forum also led to the establishment of the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which guides the IHRA's work.

Alongside the 31 member countries, IHRA's work is supported by several Permanent International Partners, including the United Nations, the Claims Conference and the International Tracing Service.

IHRA's operations are divided into the discussions of its Working Groups: Academic, Communications, Education and Memorials and Museums. IHRA also has three specialist committees examining Antisemitism and Holocaust denial, the Genocide of the Roma and on the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, and its Multi Year Work Plan gives attention to Killing Sites, archival access, education research and Holocaust Memorial Days.

Hungary is the current IHRA chair, which rotates annually, and follows the UK Chairmanship led by Sir Andrew Burns. Romania will chair the organisation next year, followed by Switzerland.

AJR Chief Executive Michael Newman has been a member of the Communications Working Group since 2007 and of the CWG's steering committee since 2010, and will chair the group during next year's meetings in Romania. Michael was one of the editors of the booklet marking 15 years of the Stockholm Declaration and of the commemorative brochure produced on IHRA's tenth anniversary.