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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Experts warn against the trivialisation of racism

NGOs and human rights institutions have denounced the increase of racist violence across Europe, the rise of which is being attributed partly to the economic crisis and the use of internet.

In its latest annual report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Council of Europe's human rights body, warned that there is an “intensification of hate speech against vulnerable groups and racist violence”.

The ECRI noted an "increase in resentment and prejudice against immigrants, Muslims and Roma people in particular" as some of the "worrying trends" identified during 2012. The observation is shared by other human rights institutions.

The latest assessment by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that racist crimes have decreased only in six of the surveyed 16 member states.

“It’s been a general trend for several years,” says Michael Privot, director at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

The trivialisation of hate speech only a few months before the European Parliament elections and in a general context of euroscepticism should be of great concern for politicians.

“A worrying populism is developing everywhere in Europe,” confirms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for justice and fundamental rights.

“Hate speech has become more and more vocal, aimed at different communities," Reding said.
"It is dangerous to trivialise any type of xenophobic or racist speech and it is our responsibility to condemn it".
"The insults against my colleagues Cecile Kyenge and Christiane Taubira are unacceptable,” Reding added.
Cecile Kyenge, the current Minister for Integration in Italy and Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice in France, have both recently been target by racist insults because of the colour of their skin.
“I started my political activity precisely on the subject of racism and I believe that we are going backwards," said Isabelle Durant, a Green MEP from Belgium and European Parliament vice-president.
“It is extremely worrying. I congratulate those who have the courage to combat it because it has become harder," Durant added.

1 comment:

  1. Fucking pure Chutzpa... Jews are the biggest racists on this sad planet. I wonder if the 16 nations will say anything about the war-mongering, bank robbing shit heads?
    Kossak 1933