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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘discrimination’

End racist discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

Strasburgo. Member states urged to end racial profiling in criminal law and counter-terrorism. Call for reparations for crimes against humanity during European colonialism
15 million Afro-Europeans live in the EU.MEPs call on the EU and its member states to take measures to tackle the structural racism people of African descent face in Europe.
In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 535 in favour to 80 votes against, and 44 abstentions, Parliament urges EU and national authorities to develop anti-racism policies and stop discrimination; in the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration.In light of increasing afrophobic attacks, MEPs call on the European Commission and EU member states to acknowledge the racist, discriminatory and xenophobic suffering of Afro-Europeans, and offer proper protection against these inequalities to ensure that hate crimes are suitably investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned. Additionally, people of African descent should be taken into account more in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).
MEPs condemn the mistreatment of people of African descent in police custody, citing the numerous violent incidents and deaths that have occurred while in custody. They also note the frequent use of racial and ethnic profiling in criminal law enforcement, counter-terrorism measures and immigration control, and urge member states to end this practice.
The resolution encourages EU institutions and member states to address and rectify past injustices and crimes against humanity, perpetrated in the name of European colonialism. These historic crimes still have present day negative consequences for people of African descent, MEPs claim.MEPs suggest carrying out reparations, such as apologising publicly and return stolen artefacts to their countries of origin. Parliament also calls on EU countries to declassify their colonial archives, as well as to present a comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery in the educational curricula.
Approximately 15 million people of African descent currently live in Europe. They face persistent discrimination and are subject to deeply rooted negative stereotyping.Evidence suggests that Afro-European children receive lower grades at school than their white counterparts, and their rate of early school leaving is markedly higher.

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Stop racism and discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The EU and the national authorities should develop anti-racism policies, covering the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration, Civil Liberties MEPs say in a resolution adopted on Monday with 29 votes to 1 and 1 abstention.They urge the European Commission and EU countries to acknowledge the racism, discrimination and xenophobia suffered by Afro-Europeans, and to offer them adequate protection against these inequalities.The text voices concern over the rise in Afrophobic attacks registered in the EU in recent years. It calls on the Commission to include a focus on people of African descent in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).The Committee underlines the importance of EU countries effectively responding to hate crime, and ensuring that hate crimes against Afro-European people are adequately investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned.MEPs denounce the increasing vulnerability of people of African descent in police custody, pointing to numerous violent incidents and deaths while in custody. They also note the frequent use of racial and ethnic profiling in criminal law enforcement, counter-terrorism measures and immigration control, and urge member states to end this practice.
The resolution encourages EU institutions and countries to follow the example of the member states that have taken steps forward redress for past injustices and crimes against humanity. These historic crimes, perpetrated in the context of European colonialism, still have negative consequences for African descent people in the present, MEPs claim.They suggest the EU and member states to carry out reparations such as offering public apologies and the restitution of stolen artefacts to their countries of origin. The Committee also calls on EU countries to declassify their colonial archives, as well as to present a comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery in the educational curricula.

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World Jewish Congress praises US statement rejecting UNHRC’s discrimination against Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 marzo 2017

new yorkNEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has praised the United States’ envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council for her remarks rejecting the body’s one-sided discrimination against Israel. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer, WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer and WJC North America Executive Director Betty Ehrenberg sent a letter to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Erin Barclay to express the organization’s appreciation of her remarks, and support for calls to denounce the UNHRC as long as it remains fixated on Israel.“The World Jewish Congress deeply appreciates your remarks in Geneva demanding that the United Nations Human Rights Council end its discrimination against Israel and remove Item 7 from its permanent agenda. We support the strong denunciation by the United States of this biased and one-sided body,” the WJC leaders wrote.“As the international organization representing more than 100 Jewish communities around the world, the WJC is deeply committed to the values of universal human rights and respect for human dignity. We believe that the Human Rights Council is an important mechanism within the United Nations, but are troubled and concerned that this particular Council has lost direction and become fixated on singling out Israel for condemnation. Since its establishment, this Council has approved a record-breaking number of resolutions condemning Israel – more than 65 resolutions, or over half of all country-specific resolutions.“The World Jewish Congress will continue to speak out against the UNHRC as long as this bias against Israel remains. We support the calls voiced both in the United States and other countries denouncing the UNHRC over this bias, and look forward to the day when the United Nations Human Rights Council resumes its focus on protecting human rights worldwide,” the letter concluded.

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The sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 marzo 2016

Barack ObamaEach time the anniversary of this achievement has come around, I’ve thought about the people who stood with Barack every step of the way as he fought to bring quality, affordable health care to people across this country. Today, thanks to the people in our community, more than 20 million Americans have health insurance who didn’t have it before. A young woman who previously would have been charged higher premiums because of her gender no longer faces that kind of discrimination. A young man who just graduated from college can now stay on his parents’ insurance for a few more years while he makes his way in the world. These are the kind of meaningful changes the Affordable Care Act continues to bring to the lives of Americans all over this country. And after coming this far, we simply cannot go backwards. That’s why we need to make sure we elect leaders who will protect Obamacare for future generations, and we need your help to get that done.

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Debate on rise of anti-semitism, islamophobia and hate speech in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2015

gerusalemme-porta-dei-leoniThe growing fears of discrimination and violence faced by Jews and Muslims in Europe imply that existing legal instruments and policy measures are not effective enough, MEPs say. On Wednesday evening they will ask Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová to explain what the Commission intends to do to fight hate crime and discrimination and whether it will ask EU member states to adopt specific national strategies to this end.Jewish people in Europe are increasingly afraid of being verbally harassed (46%) or physically attacked (33%), says a recent survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). One in three Muslim respondents to a 2009 survey reported that they had experienced discrimination in the previous 12 months. A public hearing on “Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hate speech” was held by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 29 June 2015.

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What does it mean to be transgender in the EU today?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 dicembre 2014

commissione europeaThe alarming reality of what it is like being transgender in the EU today is revealed in a new report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Violence and discrimination are common. Many hide their identity, are marginalised, and live in isolation or even fear.
“Everyone has the right to be themselves. However, in reality many trans people live in fear as society is often intolerant and ignorant of trans people and their needs,” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “Our research shows that trans people live noticeably better lives where Member States are aware of the problems and have developed policies to protect and support them. The EU and all Member States should follow this lead so all trans people can be themselves in all walks of life.”The report points to how trans people experience frequent discrimination and victimisation, harassment and disrespect, drawing on the responses to FRA’s wider EU LGBT survey. Some difficulties that trans people particularly face include:Repetitive violence: Over two in five trans respondents, who were victims of violence, indicate that this happened three or more times during the year before the survey. Such findings point to the need to improve policies to combat hate-motivated violence and harassment by specifically protecting against transphobic hate crime and improving awareness among police of how to deal with such hate crime.Fear of being yourself: One third of all trans respondents avoid expressing their gender identity through the way they look or dress for fear of being assaulted, threatened or harassed. Half of the trans respondents avoid places particularly public places, like on the street, in squares or in parking lots, because of these fears. Almost one in five respondents avoid being open even in their own home. EU action and national responses should be strengthened and address gender identity and gender expression to better protect trans people. Member States should also ensure legal gender recognition in identity documents, without the need to resort to medical intervention or divorce, to help trans people enjoy their fundamental rights.Discrimination in employment, education and healthcare: One in three trans respondents felt discriminated against when looking for a job or at work. These findings point to the need to ensure that laws to protect against discrimination include explicitly gender identity. Employers should consider diversity training to improve awareness of trans issues; schools should provide a safe environment for trans pupils and objective information about gender identity and gender expression; and in healthcare, medical professionals should be made aware of the healthcare needs of trans people.
The analysis also shows that young and unemployed trans people, and those from the lowest income strata are more likely to report experiences of discrimination, harassment and violence.The report also provides evidence that where action plans, positive measures and equality policies combating discrimination are well developed and implemented, trans people are more open and can live a better life.

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Fundamental rights and non-discrimination conference in Tirana – final statement

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 novembre 2014

tiranaTirana. At the end of the conference on “Fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI”, which took place in Albania on 20-21 November 2014, the participating Members of the European Parliament, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission issued the following statement:”This conference has shown that enlargement countries have put in place key elements of the legal and policy framework for fundamental rights and non-discrimination. Vulnerable groups, among them LGBTI citizens, nonetheless often remain at risk of discrimination, marginalization or even violence. We encourage governments and political leaders of the region to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring that all minorities and vulnerable groups are accepted and can participate freely in society. They should also ensure that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in law and that persons belonging to minorities can equally exercise their rights. A hierarchy of grounds must be avoided and attention should be paid to multiple forms of discrimination. Finally, sustained efforts are needed to implement and enforce relevant legislation and policies, to adopt pending reforms and to work at changing societal attitudes from prejudice and even hostility to respect and acceptance.”

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MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 ottobre 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayConcerns about how to reconcile the fundamental rights and non-discrimination of migrants with the need to gather information to dismantle criminal networks profiting from trafficking were the key points raised by MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, on the EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants “Mos Maiorum”.MEPs called for more information on the joint police operation initiated by the Italian Presidency of the Council, the role of the EU border check management agency Frontex, and what happens to the people who are apprehended. They urged the Presidency to return to Parliament to present the results of the operation. Many MEPs stressed the need for a system of legal immigration and noted that the existence of such an operation shows the insufficiency of the Dublin regulations (which determine which EU country must process asylum applications) and questioned whether such ad hoc operations are the right tools to solve irregular migration. Many MEPs stressed that northern EU countries should show more solidarity with those on the southern borders, and some called for more stringent border checks.

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Copt-Muslim clashes have escalated in Cairo

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 marzo 2011

At least 13 Christians and Muslims have died and 140 have been injured in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Cairo on Tuesday. The violence began after 1000 Copts gathered to protest the burning of a church in Sol, Egypt. On Monday, Egypt’s ruling military council vowed to have the church rebuilt and prosecute those behind the arson attack.  Two months ago a suicide bomber killed 23 people at a church in Alexandria, but in reaction to the bombing, thousands of Muslims gathered at churches across the country, forming human shields to protect them Copts as they celebrated Christmas on January 7.  In separate incidents, violence has continued on Wednesday as hundreds of people armed with knives have clashed with pro-democracy activists in Tahrir Square. Christians make up about nearly 10 per cent of Egypt’s mainly Muslim population of about 80 million, and are increasingly protesting acts of discrimination.

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Does discrimination foster violence?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 ottobre 2010

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is publishing results from a survey of 3,000 Muslim and non-Muslim young people about their experiences of and attitudes towards discrimination, social marginalisation and violence. The results indicate that in the three Member States where the survey took place (France, Spain and the United Kingdom) most young people – regardless of their religious background – do not support violence. On the other hand, those young people who have been victims of discrimination or violence are at greater risk of engaging in violence themselves. On average, one out of four young people reported that they had been unfairly treated or picked on. Muslim youths were significantly more likely than non-Muslims to say that this had happened to them in France and Spain; in the United Kingdom there was no difference between responses for Muslim and non-Muslim youth.

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Annual Report on fundamental rights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 giugno 2010

Brussels, Belgium Thursday 10 June, 12.00 noon European Parliament  Press conference room: PHS 00A50 Rue Wiertz 60, The press conference the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will release its Annual Report 2010. The report covers information, events and developments in the EU for the year 2009, after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The report relies on data collected from the ground to describe the situation of fundamental rights in all 27 Member States. Main areas studied include discrimination, racist violence and crime, ethnic discrimination in areas of everyday life, immigration and detention, and personal data protection. The report includes an overview of developments in a range of other fundamental rights areas, in line with the Agency’s mandate. Speakers: Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Kinga Gál, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

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FRA: Racial Discrimination

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2010

Racism and xenophobia continue to affect the day to day lives of a significant number of people within the European Union warned the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights today in a joint statement with the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).  The statement was issued ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Sunday 21 March. The statement focused particularly on manifestations of racism and xenophobia on the Internet.  The organisations pointed to the danger of the Internet as a platform for the spreading of racist and xenophobic views, as well as highlighting the potential for the Internet to be used as a tool to challenge such attitudes.

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Discrimination against Women: New CD-Rom

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 agosto 2009

A new CD-ROM issued by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women provides easy access to 25 years of work of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Following an introduction and overview of the Committee’s work, the CD-ROM provides the full text of all concluding comments issued by the Committee since its first session, organized alphabetically by country and in chronological order. The CD-ROM contains the text of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol, as well as the Committee’s 25 general recommendations issued on articles of the Convention or cross-cutting themes, and its 1998 statement on reservations. The Committee celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its work last year (1982–2007).  Since the inaugural session at the United Nations Office at Vienna in October 1982, the Committee has held 39 sessions, the most recent one in August 2007 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. One of the major responsibilities of the Committee is to monitor States parties’ compliance with their treaty obligations.  The Committee discharges this responsibility in a constructive dialogue with representatives of the State party, based on a report the State submits in accordance with article 18 of the Convention.  There are now 185 States parties to the Convention.  Over the last 25 years, the Committee examined 401 reports, submitted by 154 States parties. The French and Spanish language versions of the CD-ROM are forthcoming.

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Press conference for Fundamental Rights Agency

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 aprile 2009

Brussels 22 April at 11 a.m  Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Room Passage press conference will take place on Wednesday. International Press Centre / Residence Palace. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) will release the results of a major representative survey examining discrimination and racist crime in all 27 Member States of the EU. This is the first ever EU-wide survey of immigrant and ethnic minority groups’ experiences of discrimination and victimisation in everyday life. Two reports will be presented: 1)      “EU-MIDIS at a glance” – an overview of the EU-MIDIS survey (‘European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey’), and; 2)      “Data in Focus Report 1 – The Roma” – the first in a series of ‘data in focus’ reports. Having reported the highest overall levels of discrimination in EU-MIDIS, the Roma were chosen as the first group on which to focus. EU-MIDIS provides the most extensive data set to date on discrimination and victimisation faced by ethnic minorities and immigrants in the EU. The survey results indicate that the extent of discrimination, harassment and violence against immigrants and minorities remains grossly under-reported in the EU.

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Homophobie dans l’UE

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2009

L’Agence des droits fondamentaux (FRA) a dressé l’état des lieux de l’homophobie et de la discrimination à l’encontre des LGBT (lesbiennes, gays, bisexuel(le) et transsexuel(le)s) dans les Etats membres de l’Union, devant la Commission des Libertés civiles, ce mardi. Et rappelé que le phénomène reste largement sous-évalué par les statistiques. Il ressort du rapport de l’agence, réalisé à la demande du Parlement européen, que la discrimination concerne tous les aspects de la vie des LGBT, depuis le harcèlement à l’école jusqu’à la discrimination en matière d’emploi ou de soins médicaux. Dans certains Etats membres, des manifestations comme la “Gay Pride” ont été interdites ou contrecarrées. Le rapport relève en outre que les discours incitant à la haine prononcés par des personnages publics constituent un phénomène particulièrement inquiétant. Morten Kjaerum, directeur de la FRA, a indiqué que “nous savons que très peu d’incidents sont déclarés à la police ou à d’autres autorités publiques. Cela signifie que des crimes restent impunis, que des victimes n’obtiennent pas justice et que les autorités ne sont pas à même de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour réagir ou empêcher ces crimes”.Pour Giusto Catania (GUE, IT) vice-président de la commission des Libertés civiles, “Il ressort du rapport qu’il existe un lien très étroit entre manifestations d’homophobie et choix législatifs : les choix des leaders politiques et religieux ont un impact immédiat et très fort sur l’opinion publique.” Pour le député, “il faut organiser une grande campagne de sensibilisation au niveau européen, avec la participation de célébrités du sport. Le sport est en effet un des milieux où l’homophobie se manifeste le plus.”

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New FRA Report on discrimination of Lesbian, Gay

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 marzo 2009

Brussels 31 March at 10 a.m. room “Anna Politkovskaya” at the European Parliament will take place The press conference Speakers : Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Giusto Catania, Vice-Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of Department “Equality and Citizen’s Rights” at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) will launch its new report “Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States” together with the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, The report finds that discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT persons are widespread throughout the EU, and gives numerous examples of bad and good practices, as well as suggestions on what could be done.   In June 2007, the European Parliament asked the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to develop a comparative report on homophobia and sexual orientation discrimination in the EU Member States, to assist the European Parliament’s LIBE committee in its deliberations concerning the need for a Directive covering all grounds of discrimination, as proposed by the European Commission last July. The vote on this directive will take place in Parliament on thursday in plenary.

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