Friday, September 14, 2018

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 16


Sea Jay Foundation
David Petteys
Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw Poland, Sept 20, 2018 Session 16
The Sea Jay Foundation recommends that the OSCE Commitments be reexamined and refined to introduce elements common sense where appropriate.
There is much in the OSCE commitments about “Combatting Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination”.  But such commitments need refinement. For example, Shari’a proponent groups try to assert that criticism of the Shari’a is “a new form of racism”[1].  But the Shari’a is an inanimate body of laws that have no biological attributes.  In fact, adherents to the Shari’a encompass every race: blacks in Africa, Asians, Semitic peoples in the Middle East as well as Caucasians in the former Soviet Republics. If criticizing the Shari’a is “racist”, which race are they talking about?
As far as Xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination are concerned, if ideologically driven groups attack citizens in a society, speaking of the attacks is NOT what causes the “xenophobia intolerance and discrimination”:  It is the attacks themselves! after all, no one likes to be attacked, nor does one want the attackers present in ones community. This is not a groundless “phobia” nor should it be a punishable offense. Not wanting to be attacked is common sense. Against such there can be no law!


[1] http://www.setav.org/en/a-new-form-of-racism-islamophobia/

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