We have adopted as our primary advocacy focus the championing of small islands states in their challenges posed by climate change. Our ‘Small Islands Big Challenges’ campaign as well as leading efforts to have the IHRA definition of antisemitism adopted by governments and non-governmental organisations throughout the Commonwealth.
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The CJC works to intervene and defend our Jewish communities around the Commonwealth. In New Zealand authorities in 2019, we supported the community when it became clear that they were reluctant to make special security arrangements for the Jewish school in Auckland, as they did not want to single it out from other schools. We produced a good practice guide based on the experience of other Commonwealth communities, which was used by the Auckland municipality to provide suitable facilities.
The CJC also intervened with the Sri Lankan authorities following news that they had decided, due to the pressures of the Covid pandemic, to require cremation after all deaths in the country. Our intervention made clear how this would impact on Jewish and other burial requirements, not least in relation to freedom of religion. The Sri Lankan government has agreed to reconsider their plans.