In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the risk of a surge in hate crimes against minorities in Europe is all too real. Youssef Himmat, president of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), and Robin Sclafani, director of CEJI—A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, talk about the importance of building coalitions that can work together for more inclusive and tolerant societies in Europe.
By Robin Sclafani, CEJI Director - November 14, 2015 – It is just 12 hours since terror began in Paris, since we began to shed tears for the hundreds of victims killed or injured, since we suspended ourselves in front of the news reports waiting for the signs that it was over. Maybe the immediate incidents of violence have come to an end, but the terror and the aftermath domino-effect is in full swing. Oh Paris, dear France and its people, our hearts are with you who are on the front line in this war...
Mike Whine of the Community Security Trust (CST) presented Facing Facts! at the 'Human Dimension Implementation Meeting' of the OSCE-ODHIR in Warsaw on 29 September: I want to describe briefly a project, developed with the help of ODIHR, which deals with the needs addressed by this session on combating hate crimes. Facing Facts! is designed to assist civil society organisations to monitor hate crimes, to criminal justice standards, and to use the product of their learning to engage more effectively with their governments. Image (c) @JuliePascoet
Within the framework of our hate crime monitoring and training project Facing Facts! Forward, CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe in partnership with the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation / Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is organising a 2-day joint seminar for law enforcement and Civil Society Organisations.
The political refugees are giving a second-chance to Europe, a moment in history with the momentum to rectify the societal structures which have failed so many times. Just look at the Evian Conference of 1938 in which country after country expressed sympathy for the plight of Jewish refugees, but only the Dominican Republic agreed to accept them.