Thursday, February 19, 2015

Human Rights Group:Hate Speech Rise in France; Anti-Semitic Acts Soar, Jews Departing En Masse

A new report from the Human Rights Council of Europe warns of a significant rise in discrimination and hate speech in France, the Euro News website reports today (February 19, 2015).

Nils Muiznieks, Commissioner of the Council, paints a grim picture about the level of intolerance in France, despite government efforts to tackle the problems.

"Despite advances in legislation and measures to combat intolerance and racism, discrimination and hate speech not only persist in France, but are on the rise," he said.

Muiznicks added, "In the first half of 2014 alone the number of anti-Semitic acts virtually doubled, while the number of Jews leaving France for Israel tripled compared with 2012, which is a telling indication of their feeling of insecurity."

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