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Council of Europe calls on member states to pass laws to prevent discrimination


Council of Europe member states should pass laws to prevent discrimination, said CoE Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

 

She made the remarks at the official opening ceremony of the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku May 5, APA reported.

 

She noted democratic security is an important notion for the Council of Europe.

 

“European countries pay attention to several factors. The existence of independent courts is important,” said Battaini-Dragoni, adding. “Second, freedom of speech matters. Third, freedom of peaceful assembly must be ensured. At the same time, inclusive society is important. Coexistence has become a big problem. There are divisions going on in light of growing xenophobia and islamophobia. The environment of fear and hostility is contributing to it. People fleeing conflicts cause divisions in society. How can we bring divided societies together? The reality is, there no quick solution.”

 

She expressed regret that anger and xenophobia are becoming more widespread. “Many families are deprived of education, health opportunities and decent living. Well-managed cultural diversity is needed.”

 

Battaini-Dragoni said education of young people should be a priority. 

 

“We want intercultural dialogue skills’ being taught in early grades at schools. The state should solve the issue of inclusion successfully. We need to give impetus to the formation of more inclusive societies. This is also reflected in the UN objectives for 2030. I have high hopes for the results of the forum”, she added.   

 

 

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