PACE president says xenophobia in Europe reached worrying level

After attending a fast-breaking dinner in Denmark, Mevlut Cavusoglu replied to questions of reporters.

PACE president says xenophobia in Europe reached worrying level

President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has said that intolerance and discrimination against foreigners in Europe reached a worrying level.

After attending a fast-breaking dinner in Denmark, Cavusoglu replied to questions of reporters.

Regarding attacks in Norway and riots in London, Cavusoglu said that intolerance against foreigners in Europe reached a worrying level in the recent years, stating that politicians, religious officials and representatives of nongovernmental organizations must take measures on the matter.

"Incidents in Britain first started with an innocent protest. Later they turned into looting. The Council of Europe doesn't support such actions. It is not right to attack on people, business places and shops. I am very sad over riots in Britain," he said.

In regard to the armed attack in Norway, Cavusoglu said that unfortunately racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and discrimination reached a worrying level in Europe in the recent years.

Cavusoglu said that he held talks with politicians, religious officials and nongovernmental organizations regarding the matter.

"If we don't take measures today, the reason of establishment of the Council Of Europe will disappear. COE defends human rights and democracy," he said.

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Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2011, 13:15
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