In a statement, the Government announced that “The Plan for the Reduction of Racism and Antisemitism 2023” was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 11th April 2023 and endorsed the application of the International Definition of Antisemitism in Latvia.
According to the statement, this also means that the Definition “is also being endorsed as a working tool at the government level.”
The national action plan includes measures for the enshrining of the prevention of antisemitism and racism in legislation and its pursuit in practice.
Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the decision, which demonstrates the Latvian Government’s solidarity with the Jewish community at this worrying time for Jews in Europe.
Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism and Lord Pickles worked hard over many meetings with officials at Downing Street. Latvia joins a growing list of national governments and public bodies to use the Definition.