bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 11.12.2016 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Migrants and refugees admitted to be the least protected minorities in Europe

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUHate crimes against minorities are an unfortunate everyday reality in Europe. Groups that are at risk the most in the region are asylum seekers, migrants, refugees, as well as Jews, Muslims and Gypsies, as stated in the report of Minority Rights Group International.

In MRG’s report on the state of world minority groups and indigenous peoples for 2014, surveys were carried out in Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.

MRG Policy and Communications Director Carl Soderberg says hate crimes and hate in general are a common thing experienced by minorities in all parts of Europe. ‘The lack of involvement of European authorities [in such crimes] is viewed by perpetrators as green light to continue them’.

Migrants, ethnic and religious minorities were blamed for government austerity measures employed by many countries and the financial crisis of 2008 in general. This had caused an increase in the level of hate and violence towards minorities. Thanks to rhetoric aimed against immigrants, Gypsies and Jews, many right-wing political groups in countries like Greece and Hungary have managed to secure spots in national parliaments. Some of these right-wing parties are closely related to paramilitary groups and militants, like the Golden Dawn in Greece and Jobbik in Hungary. Some far-right parties have also accomplished a lot during the recent European Parliament elections. This applies to France in particular, as mentioned in the report.

Researchers have also concluded that violent hate crimes against migrants from Northern Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa are only encouraged by nationalists in political and public discussions in Russia and Ukraine.

Signs of xenophobia have recently been surfacing in Bulgaria as well, where the arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria has created new targets for far-right groups and extremists. Minority communities of Gypsies and ethnic Turks in Bulgaria have long been suffering from discrimination and marginalization, which has now grown into open acts of violence in the country.

It is mentioned in the report that the main problem is that many victims feel they have no one to turn to for help. Although hate crimes more often take place out in streets or individual attacks, they are largely encouraged by discriminating policies employed by the government. For example, since 2011, it is forbidden for women to wear veils that cover the whole face in public places in France. Women who continue to wear them are subjected to harassment by other people and are often. There have also been cases when investigations of hate crimes against minorities were not properly carried out or even turned against those who required protection in Hungary.

It is especially tragic that the high level of violence, harassment and verbal hate throughout Europe clearly demonstrates that all governments should address these matters more seriously, as noted by authors. The lack of action in areas like information compilation, regular reports about certain processes and publicity puts hate in a somewhat legitimized position. Only four European countries regularly compile and publish information.

According to Soderberg, the most effective method of combating hate is talking about it as much as possible.

Internet and social media offer new ways of expressing hate. People who are part of minority communities and who have ended up in attention of society in areas like politics, media or sports also become new targets for hate crimes in social media. These tools, however, can be used both ways.

Ref: 102.109.109.3363


Leave a reply

  1. mike walsh says:

    The Orwellian mass-mind term ‘hate’. A useful term is used as a blanket term to discriminate against indigenous Europeans who resent the corporates ethnically moving around work forces to reduce costs and increase profitability. Also a useful term to vilify any European who dares to voice the fears of the majority of his own kind.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Piebalgs: current plans contradict original promises made by Kucinskis’ party

Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola from the Union of Greens and Farmers intentionally reports false information and misleads society by claiming that the decision regarding establishment of minimal social fees was the responsibility of the previous governments, says Unity chairman Andris Piebalgs.

Ratas tells Vejonis about plans of new Estonian government

«The new Estonian government will continue the previous government’s priorities in foreign and security policy, strengthening cooperation between the European Union and NATO,» – said the new Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas during his meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.

Estonian members of parliament recalled from state firm supervisory boards

Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson and Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Urve Palo stated on December 9 that they recall all members of parliament, who also work in state company supervisory boards.

Avian influenza comes close to Baltics; FVS urges residents to be careful

H5N8 virus – a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza – continues spreading in Europe. Although so far it has been found in wild waterfowl in Sweden and Finland, there is currently no reason for concern in Latvia, says Food and Veterinary Service.

Estonian PM’s party defends co-operation protocol with United Russia

Estonia’s ruling Centre Party «does not dare» stepping out of its co-operation protocol with United Russia, the party represented by Russia’s current political elite, stated deputy chairperson of the centrists and Estonian Education and Research Minister Mailis Reps on December 8.

Baltic parliamentarians receive U.S. support for regional security

«The main message received from U.S. senators is that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have no reasons to worry about non-compliance with NATO obligations from their allies,» – notes Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee’s chairman Ojars Eriks Kalnins.

Norwegian guilty of sex abuse of 62 minors via Skype

Norwegian court convicted on December 8 a 66-year-old man with a prison sentence of eight years over child sex abuse in Skype internet communication programme.

Snow to return in Latvia at the end of the week

Maximum air temperature will remain within +4° C… +7° C in Latvia on Friday, 9 December. Rain is expected in many parts of Latvia. Nevertheless, much colder masses of air will flow into Latvia on the night to Saturday.

European Central Bank to continue quantitative easing for longer than planned

The European Central Bank has on December 8 stated that it would continue its quantitative easing programme no less than until December 2017 and would buy bonds for a smaller sum - 20 billion euros a month.

Lithuania lags big behind Estonia in OECD global education rating

Several Lithuanian universities and colleges offer identical or similar study programmes, but the graduates end up being on different rungs of the ladder after the graduation, career opportunities-wise and in terms of the wage.

Nordea: Baltics should not expect a «walk in the park»

The austerity policy realized in Baltics during the crisis has resulted in some of the lowest budget deficit and debt levels in the European Union. However, Baltics are part of the six EU member states, which includes Luxembourg, Denmark and Slovakia, that are able to fulfil all Maastricht criteria.

Average consumer price level in Latvia up 1.2%

Compared to November 2015, the average level of consumer prices increased by 1.3 % in November 2016. Prices of goods grew by 0.6 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

Swedbank: transit industry’s losses will remain in the future

All economies of the Baltic Sea region – including Russia, where recession ended this year – are growing. This growth, however, is modest. Brexit and outcome of elections in USA show that populism is gradually becoming a normal occurrence in the world, according to Swedbank’s latest Baltic Sea report.

Finnish post denies having «lost» 10,000 newspapers

An unusual event has become one of Finland’s top media stories on December 7 – national postal service Posti is blamed for «losing» the latest release of social-democratic weekly Demokraatti in its entirety.

Latvijas Gāze to receive 35 million euro loan from OP Corporate Bank

This week, 6 December, OP Corporate Bank plc commenced cooperation with Latvijas Gāze in relation to the provision of a loan worth EUR 35 million. The bank acquired rights to provide the loan by winning in Latvijas Gāze tender for re-financing of capital investments.

Newly-elect Austrian President – Estonian «refugee child»

The mother of Alexander Van der Bellen, who received most votes in the Austrian presidential election on December 4, was Estonian and his parents fled the Baltic country in 1940.

More expensive alcohol and fuel causes price rise in Estonia

Over the past year, a small consumer price increase has been registered in Estonia – from November 2015 to November 2016 the country’s consumer price index has risen by a percent. Statisticians evaluate that the key factors behind it have been more expensive fuel, alcohol and tobacco.

Politicians urge finance minister to step down because of deputy quotas

Because of unwillingness to act, the state plans to cancel the introduction of mandatory social fees and increase micro-enterprise tax from 9% to 15%, states political party For Latvia’s Development. In addition, because of the irresponsible behaviour and lack of proper organization of important tasks, the party expresses distrust to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola, asking her to step down.

Lembergs to continue testifying in his criminal case

On Thursday, 8 December, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case launched against Aivars Lembergs.

Apple explains iPhone «fires» pointing to external factors

Reacting to reports that a number of iPhone users has have experienced battery «fires», U.S. tech giant Apple has this week blamed external factors, not the parts of the device for the accidents.

Prohibition to serve abroad and other decisions viewed by the Saeima this week

On Thursday, 8 December, the Saeima will decide on amendments to the National Security Law aimed at prohibiting Latvian citizens and non-citizens from serving in foreign army, police and security institutions. Changes are necessary to reduce the possible security risks related to military service in third countries.

Stake of Russian oil giant to be sold for billions

Russian government stated on December 7 that British commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund are jointly acquiring a 19.5% stake in Rosneft, Russia's largest oil firm.

This year marked a surge in corporate lending in Latvia

In the first three quarters of 2016, Latvian enterprises were provided with bank loans for a total amount of 1.4 billion euros, which is 40% more when compared with the first nine months of 2015, according to estimates from the Latvian Association of Commercial Banks and Finance and Capital Market Commission.

EU auditors don’t know, where billions allocated to Ukraine were spent

The European Union over the recent years transferred billions of euros to Ukraine, for the most part as direct budget support and yet EU’s European Court of Auditors stated on December 6 it was unable to say how the money was spent.

84.4% of last year’s cargo volume was transported by rail in Latvia

Continuing last year’s autumn trend, the volume of cargoes carried by Latvijas dzelzceļš had increased in November. The volume of cargoes transported by rail reached 4.46 million tons or 7.6% more in comparison with November 2015.

Newest comments