December 23, 2009 – New York – Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC’s director of International Jewish Affairs, has been reappointed Personal Representative for Combating Anti-Semitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The incoming OSCE Chair-in-Office, Kanat Saudabayev, who made the announcement, complimented Rabbi Baker for his important work since he was first appointed to the post in January. Saudabayev is Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister.
During 2009, Baker traveled extensively across Europe for OSCE, and authored detailed reports for the international governmental organization on anti-Semitism in Bosnia, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Baker’s reports are available at the OSCE website http://tandis.odihr.pl/. The organization’s 56 members include the governments of all European countries, Canada and the United States
“The confidence in Rabbi Baker shown by the OSCE with this appointment is significant for all who seek to build a more peaceful world free of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. “We at AJC are immensely proud of this recognition and the opportunity afforded to Rabbi Baker to have real impact, on the governmental level, in combating the resurgence of what has been called the world’s oldest hatred – anti-Semitism.”
Rabbi Baker has worked tirelessly for years with governments and Jewish communities across Europe to advance the fight against anti-Semitism. He has addressed OSCE conferences, and has been intimately involved in an OSCE sponsored project to train law enforcement on monitoring and countering hate crimes.