Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls European countries to strive with intolerance and discrimination against Muslims

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls European countries to strive with intolerance and discrimination against Muslims
# 24 July 2012 14:02 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. Muslims in Europe want to interact with other Europeans and participate as full and equal members of society, but regularly face various forms of prejudice, discrimination and violence that reinforce their social exclusion. This is the conclusion of recent research by various international organizations and NGOs, said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today, APA reports. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights called European countries to strive with intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.

Muslims have become the primary “other” in right-wing populist discourse in Europe. Political parties in Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland have employed anti-Muslim rhetoric for political gain. Politicians frequently refer to Muslims when discussing the alleged “failure of multiculturalism”. However, multiculturalism as a strategy of promoting intercultural dialogue while at the same time preserving cultural identities has hardly been tried in most countries. Since the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and thereafter, Muslims have become inextricably linked in the public mind with terrorism. However, some of the most horrific attacks in Europe of recent years – the string of racist murders in Germany and the ruthless, premeditated murder of scores of innocent people by an extremist in Norway – serve as a wake-up call to the dangers of the far-right and as a reminder that terrorists have various ideological persuasions.
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