Europe's leaders, including David Cameron, have been warned to adopt a more "cautious" approach when discussing multiculturalism. The Norwegian chairman of the Nobel peace prize committee has told them they risk inflaming far-right and anti-Muslim sentiment.
Thorbjørn Jagland, a former prime minister of his country, said leaders such as the British premier would be "playing with fire" if they continued to use rhetoric that could be exploited by extremists.
Governments have a tendency to dismiss extreme-right terrorists as crazed loners.” The words ring as true in the aftermath of the Oslo attacks as in 1999 when they were penned by Stieg Larsson. The Swedish crime writer would gain worldwide fame after his untimely death in 2004, but at that time he was a passionate journalist at the Swedish anti-racist magazine Expo. The year 1999 was to be forever remembered in Sweden as a brutal awakening to the violent capacity of the extreme right. On May 28th, neo-Nazi bank robbers murdered two police officers by shooting them at close range.
Fiona Haughey, who graduated at the Waterfront Hall today, explored how racism in Northern Ireland was being tackled from a policy perspective, focusing on the implementation of the Racial Equality Strategy. "Based on my research, I would argue that moves towards tackling racism in Northern Ireland have been largely impeded by a lack of policy and legislative implementation." In her findings Fiona, who is originally from Strabane, identified a number of obstacles that have stymied efforts to successfully challenge racism. These have included:
A Dutch court acquitted controversial politician Geert Wilders of defaming Muslims last week. Ending a three-year prosecution, the Freedom Party leader has now been cleared of charges of inciting hatred and discrimination. Some of Wilders’ statements on Muslims were “rude and belittling” the Amsterdam district court finds, but according to the bench they were made by a politician in the context of an on-going social debate on multicultural society.