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Hate crimes rocket round the world

This is a non-Polish article which I thought was interesting following on from the recent Polish gay debates and other recent posts about minorities in general. 54 murders in russia sound particularly disturbing. What do forum members think?

http://uk.gay.com/headlines/11669

Hate crimes are on the rise in many countries, an international
human rights group warned Wednesday, urging governments to do more
to combat violent discrimination.

Human Rights First said countries should enact stronger laws that
address violent hate crimes to help governments "to more effectively
deter, detect, and punish them."

"Bias-motivated violence remains a serious problem in Europe," said
Maureen Byrnes, Executive Director of Human Rights First. "While a
few governments like France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have
undertaken to systematically monitor hate crimes, most governments
don't even collect baseline statistics on the problem."

The group's report, which includes hate crime incidents throughout
Europe and North America, was published in Bucharest to coincide
with a conference by the Organisation for Cooperation and Security
in Europe focusing on combating discrimination.

"Prejudice based on race, ethnicity and national origin continue to
be among the principle driving forces behind hatred and
intolerance," the report said, adding that lethal violence was
reported in areas of the former Soviet Union.

The groups facing threats of discriminatory violence "include Jews
and Muslims, who confront virulent combinations of racism and
religious intolerance, the Roma and Sinti, and minority Christian
faiths in Russia, Turkey and the Central Asian republics."

The survey focuses on France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and the
United Kingdom, where hate crimes have been on the rise in recent
years.

In Russia, there were 540 cases of violent hate crimes, including 54
murders, in 2006. the report said.

In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on Oct. 25. five men described as
skinheads and attacked and murdered 44-year-old Dr. Godknows Mievi,
of Nigerian origin.

In Britain there was a dramatic surge of racist and religiously
motivated violence after July 7, 2005 bombings, with religiously
motivated hate crimes rising 600 percent in London in the month
after the bombings. Overall in 2006, hate crimes in the United
Kingdom continued at a historically high rate, the report said.

In Europe and North America, authors of anti-Semitic threats and
attacks frequently invoke Israel and Israeli policies as
justification even while employing the language and symbols of Nazi
Germany.

Discrimination and violent attacks against Muslims follow a similar
pattern, with attacks on ordinary people in their shops, schools, or
homes serving as substitutes for those keen to lash back at Islamist
terrorism.

Underscoring the report's findings, two men leaving a Bucharest
cinema which hosts the annual "Gay Fest" festival were attacked and
beaten by eight attackers on Tuesday, according to the gay rights
group Accept. Police intervened to stop the attack and arrested
several suspects.

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

I would suggest that none of this is new. It's always gone on and always will.

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

You don't think that in an evolved civilisation such crime should be going down instead of up?

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

No, I don't. Dramatic increases in immigration from totally alien cultures; and widespread governmental 'affirmitive action' aimed at promoting the lot of minorities are bound to cause problems.

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Really? My own view is that we are heading towards a more enlightened culture and that intolerance will eventually become a generational thing. Although there are young people who are not open minded, there is also a huge global movement going the opposite way towards acceptance of all cultures.

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Not in my view. My advice: don't belive what you read in the liberal media.

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

'My own view is that we are heading towards a more enlightened culture and that intolerance will eventually become a generational thing."



That will never happen

Look at your average Arab fanatic burning flags (or cars) on daily basis.

One of many examples

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

Your views are SO last century....

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

No...just realistic

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

The media may be liberal (in the main). The general public are not. Scratch the suface and push the right buttons on almost any individual and you'll see ...

That's it for now - my book awaits.

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

You are writing a book Hans? I am writing several too. I have about three book plans in my head. 1 fiction - internet thriller, 1 autobiography, 1 self help book (a recently inspired idea). It's hard work putting it down on paper. Then there is my idea for a worldwide charity. I am sure you would love that lol

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(the last one is not a book by the way)

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No, not writing. I've written for academic reasons in the past. But not for some time. Now I read. I'm now in the process of making tea and will switch off the computer and return to the book. My usual evening routine, recently .

Good luck with your writing projects.

World charity - humbug !

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

"World charity - humbug "

boo - scrooge!

Re: Hate crimes rocket round the world

Everyone is racist, sexist and Ageist to a certain extent, some people are just more vocal about it.