Minorities

Rights group deplores Swiss vote

29 November 10 - From Amnesty International: AI urges the Swiss authorities at all levels not to enforce the deportation of foreigners convicted of certain criminal offences if this will result in human rights violations after voters backed the move in a referendum on (...) Read
 

Switzerland’s Albanian-speaking community integrates

20 November 10 - Two major initiatives have been launched to help the Albanian-speaking community integrate in Switzerland and improve mutual understanding. Read
 

Racism plagues every society says UN expert

3 November 10 - From OHCHR: “Racism and xenophobia are not yesterday’s problems, they remain an immense challenge for today,” the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Githu Muigai, said Monday while presenting two (...) Read
 

EU drops Roma charges against France

20 October 10 - From Deutsche Welle: The European Commission has suspended its human rights complaint against France over its expulsion of Roma migrants. The policy had been compared to Nazi tactics. Read
 

Violence mars Serbia’s gay rights parade

11 October 10 - From Pravda: The Republic of Serbia is a meeting point of numerous peoples, religions and cultures and over the centuries, by and large, they have coexisted in peace. How sad it is that this Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade ended in an orgy of violence caused by a handful of homophobic bigots (...) Read
 

Guantanamo Uighurs adapt to Swiss life

7 October 10 - Six months after arriving in Switzerland, two Uighur former detainees of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp say they are happy in the country. Read
 

Where gypsies prosper in Romania

27 September 10 - The "gypsy market" in Brasov is bustling with activity on a Saturday morning. It’s one of the few places left where pensioners and other low-income Romanians can buy decent clothes cheaply. Read
 

Thousands protest France’s Roma crackdown

6 September 10 - From the Irish Times: TENS OF thousands joined protests across France on Saturday against a government crackdown on immigrants and the high-profile repatriation of Roma people to eastern Europe. Read
 

Pillay condemns migrant killings in Mexico

30 August 10 - From UNOG: The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned the killing of 72 migrants in northern Mexico and called on the authorities to take urgent steps to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. Read
 

Swiss attitudes on minorities ’getting worse’

30 August 10 - The political climate for minorities in Switzerland is becoming more difficult, an expert tells swissinfo.ch. Gülcan Akkaya, vice president of the Federal Commission against Racism, says Switzerland needs a policy that includes and recognises everyone living (...) Read
 
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