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Alexander Goldberg
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Alexander Goldberg

Alexander Goldberg co-founded the CCJO René Cassin organisation which is committed to using the Jewish experience to promote the rights of all. In this role he successfully negotiated for references to collective / group rights in a UN legal instrument with the adoption of the UN Basic Principles on Rights to Victims by the UN General Assembly in 2005. He was co-chair of the organisation for six years and remains a trustee.

He gave an address at the first session of the UN Human Rights Council where he called on the UN High Commissioner to give more support and time to minority non-governmental groups where he announced that CCJO René Cassin would be piloting human rights training for different minority groups.

He first raised concerns about the international inaction over the crisis in Darfur at the United Nations in 2005 and has actively campaigned on stopping the mass killings ever since.

Alex worked for the Commission for Racial Equality where he was the Senior Policy Officer for Race Relations. He was assigned to the Safe Communities Initiative working on areas such as integration and cohesion, community tensions and combatting racial hatred. He initiated the CRE’s Guide to Combatting Racial Hatred and a number of integration projects in Birmingham, Southampton and Tower Hamlets.

Alex was sent by the CRE as an impartial party to assist the Sikh community, West Midlands Police and the Birmingham Rep Theatre in resolving community tensions over a controversial play, Behzti, following rioting in Birmingham. He set up a community observatory to monitor tensions after 7th July 2005 London Bombings.

Alex Goldberg lead on cohesion, integration, equality and diversity issues at the Board of Deputies. He sits on the Equality and Diversity Forum for the Board of Deputies. He has commissioned and overseen research into shared values and citizenship in his role as Director in charge of the Community Policy and Research Group.

Alex is on the board of Tzelem, the cross-communal Rabbinic Call to Social and Economic Justice. He was an advisor to the Centre on Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) and Race Equality Matters.