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.
Eighty-four percent of these cases are connected to Islam while only 2 percent concern Christianity and Judaism. The high number of cases of discrimination against Muslims is likely to bring more debates on Islamophobia back to the agenda. Eighty percent of the complaints filed with the CEOOR involve racism. About two-thirds of the cases involving Islam stem from Islamophobia, the report says. These incidents of Islamophobia are mostly characterized by propaganda being disseminated through email and pressure in the workplace.