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    Commissioner Applauds Adoption of EU-Wide Framework to Combat Racism and Xenophobia

    BRUSSELS (EJP)—“Racism and xenophobia have no place in Europe. Nor should it in any other part of the world. Dialogue and understanding should overcome hatred and provocation,” said Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission.
    Barrot, who is in charge of justice, freedom and security within the EU executive body, welcomed the recent adoption by the EU Council of Justice and Interior Ministers of the so-called 'Framework Decision' on combating racism and xenophobia, seven years after it had first been presented by the European Commission.

    “I warmly welcome the introduction of severe and effective sanctions against racism and xenophobia that are direct violations of the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, principles upon which the European Union is founded and which are common to the Member State,” Barrot stated.

    The Framework Decision is considered as an important tool for sanctioning on the EU level racist and xenophobic crimes.

    EU member states will have two years to introduce severe and effective sanctions of at least between 1 and 3 years of imprisonment against those who intentionally publicly incite to violence or hatred by dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material, directed against persons defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.

    Similar sanctions will apply to those who publicly condone, deny or grossly trivialise crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in the statute of the International Criminal Court and crimes defined by the Tribunal of Nüremberg.

    But EU ministers stopped short of specifically outlawing Holocaust denial.

    Germany, which chaired the EU in the first half of 2007 had pushed hard for a blanket ban on Holocaust denial as a moral obligation because of its Nazi past, but the bid has consistently fallen foul of free speech concerns.

    Countries like Britain, Ireland and the Scandinavian states resisted over the years unified legislation as a violation of civil liberties.

    According to a report of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), extremism and racism are on the rise throughout Europe and racist political discourse is increasingly common in mainstream European politics.

    Data collected show that there is "evidence of public acceptance of racist crime and mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities, including within the police and other relevant authorities".

    Here the source:
    http://www.ejpress.org/article/32645

    Is it just me or is most political energy channeled to combat "racism" and "xenophobia"?

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    Does anyone here remember Simon Mol, the 'Antifascist of the Year?'

    Thousands of such cases will most certainly be the logical conclusion of such a 'humanitarian endeavor.'

    http://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/news/?id=93398

    Those tough and righteous 'Antifascist' ANTIFA members are sure facing an uphill battle defending freedom from fascism....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siebenbürgerin View Post
    ... EU member states will have two years to introduce severe and effective sanctions of at least between 1 and 3 years of imprisonment against those who intentionally publicly incite to violence or hatred by dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material, directed against persons defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.
    Doesn't this directly contradict Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

    "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

    Surely those who are stupid enough to be 'incited' to (unlawful) violence are the only criminals. Apparently not, now "hatred" itself, an emotion, is now criminal. This is quite surreal. It's 1984 again and "thoughtcrime" is a reality.
    Last edited by Haereticus; Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 01:02 AM. Reason: Despite checking, I always find a typo.

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