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Mums ‘face jobs discrimination’ February 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Britain, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Commission for Equality and Human Rights, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against mothers, discrimination at work, gender discrimination, Job, job discrimination against mothers, mother, The Equalities Review.
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Mothers with young children face more discrimination in the workplace than any other group of people in Britain, according to a report.

The Equalities Review found that women with children under 11 are half as likely as men to be given a job.

The review, which publishes its final report later, was commissioned by Tony Blair in 2005 to examine persistent inequality of all kinds and to create a foundation for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which starts work in October.

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In an interim report last March, it said it had found evidence of “chronic, persistent and unjust inequalities” in British society.

“In too many circumstances there is evidence of severe social and economic penalties for not being male, white, straight, or able-bodied,” said the interim report’s authors, led by CEHR chair Trevor Phillips.

They described the Review’s aim as “the removal of unfair penalties associated with for example, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation”.

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Restaurant Charging Extra For Not Being Chinese? February 27, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Canal Seafood Restaurant, Card, Chinese, Chinese Restaurant, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, David Lopez, Discriminate, Discrimination, Human Rights Commission, John Liu, Leon Luk, New York City, order-in-English, Philly cheesesteak, Racism, Racism Chinese Restaurant, Racist, Racist Chinese Restaurant, Wisconsin.
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Interestingly, the media brought allegations of of racism and possible discrimination when a Philly cheesesteak store put up a ‘order-in-English’ sign. However, when a New York City Chinese restaurant actually did engage in discrimination by charging non-Chinese people more for meals, the media is all but silent. The featured story follows below:The price you pay for your beef with string beans depends entirely on whether or not you are Chinese – at least according to the menus at one restaurant in Chinatown, city officials say.

The city Human Rights Commission has filed a discrimination complaint against the Canal Seafood Restaurant for allegedly giving a different menu with lower prices to customers who are Chinese.

David Lopez, a visitor from Wisconsin, contacted the commission after eating at the restaurant with several friends last October.

He and his girlfriend knew something was wrong when a waiter told them that a serving of rice would cost them extra. They had noticed Asian customers munching on similar dishes served over a bed of rice.

“Being Hispanic, we both like rice,” said 46-year-old Lopez. “We saw other customers getting a different menu. We were told we could order from it if we spoke Chinese.”

The prices on that menu, written in Chinese, were an average of $1 cheaper per dish.

“It was very distressful to go to a place in one of the most diverse cities in the world and be discriminated against,” Lopez said.

Representatives for the restaurant have denied the existence of two different in-store menus.

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Muslim pupils should be treated differently? February 26, 2007

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Muslim schoolchildren should be treated differently from other pupils, the country’s most prominent Islamic organisation has said.

They should have separate changing rooms for sports and swimming, single sex classes for sex education, prayer rooms and new rights to Islamic worship, and different uniform rules, the Muslim Council of Britain said.

Schools win the right to ban the veil after girl’s court defeat

Boys should be allowed to grow beards for religious reasons, said new guidelines for schools published by the council.

The call for special treatment for Muslim pupils comes at a time when Government efforts are concentrated on eliminating segregation and encouraging ‘British’ values to tackle religious extremism.

The National Association of Head Teachers dismissed the ideas as “completely undoable” and warned they ran against the grain of tolerance in schools.

In a paper offering guidance on the treatment of nearly 400,000 Muslim pupils in state schools, the council said some schools “have not been receptive of legitimate and reasonable requests made by Muslim parents and pupils in relation to their faith-based aspirations and concerns”.

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Ageism ‘most common’ discrimination February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in age concern, Age Discrimination, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, disability discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, England, Gordon Lishman, North West, Sexism, Sexist, Taylor Nelson Sofres Ltd, University of Kent.
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MORE than a quarter of people in the North West have suffered age discrimination, a survey for Age Concern has revealed.

Some 26.9% of people questioned in the region said they had been the subject of ageism – more than any other form of discrimination.

The figure compares to just 9.1% who said they had suffered sexism, 6% who suffered racism and 6% who suffered disability discrimination.

Nationally, the survey showed that 56% of all discrimination against over 55s relates to ageism

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Virginia apologizes for role in slavery February 25, 2007

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Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery.

Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery, although Missouri lawmakers are considering such a measure. The resolution does not carry the weight of law but sends an important symbolic message, supporters said.

“This session will be remembered for a lot of things, but 20 years hence I suspect one of those things will be the fact that we came together and passed this resolution,” said Delegate A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat who sponsored it in the House of Delegates.

The resolution passed the House 96-0 and cleared the 40-member Senate on a unanimous voice vote. It does not require Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s approval.

The measure also expressed regret for “the exploitation of Native Americans.”

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Official anti-semitism erupts in Venezuela February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionist, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Hugo, Jew, Jewish, Jewish Cultural Centre, Jewish population, Jews, Racism, Racist, Religious Hatred, socialist, Venezuela anti-semitism, Venezuelan.
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Armed police raided the Jewish elementary and high school at the Jewish Cultural Centre in Caracas on 29 November 2004 implementing a court order that alleged that materials of a criminal nature, such as electronic equipment, arms and explosive devices were concealed in the building.The swoop started at 6.30 am, when school buses and parents had already started to bringing children to the school, but, after rooting through the building for three hours, the police left having found zilch. The court order, it has since been revealed, had been issued three days earlier but the police waited until Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, arrived in Teheran for a state visit to Iran.

That was two years ago, but things have only got worse in the intervening period. Indeed, since election of the left-wing populist Chavez in 1998, Venezuela has witnessed a proliferation of virulently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda, frequently entwined with nakedly anti-Jewish slogans.

The Jewish population in Venezuela numbers only around 25,000 out of a total population of close to twenty-seven million. So, why does the official media of a government that claims to be socialist, devote its energy to poisonous attacks on a very small Jewish community?
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UN envoy hits Israel ‘apartheid’ February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Di, family re-unification, Gaza, Human Rights, Israel, Israel apartheid, John Dugard, Muslim, Palestinians, UN, UN envoy, West Bank.
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A UN human rights envoy has compared Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories to elements of apartheid. The UN’s Special Rapporteur, John Dugard, describes the regime as being designed to dominate and systematically oppress the occupied population.

Mr Dugard is a South African professor of international law assigned to monitor Israeli human rights abuses.
He has extensively studied apartheid in South Africa and has compared it to what he saw under Israeli rule.

Special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN secretary general to present reports on human rights to the organisation.

Their findings do not represent UN policy.

In a new report, Mr Dugard says: “Israel’s laws and practices certainly resemble aspects of apartheid”.
He points to what he describes as “unashamed discrimination” against Palestinians in favour of Israeli settlers.
“It is difficult to resist the conclusion that many of Israel’s laws and practices violate the 1966 Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination,” says the report.

“House demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are carried out in a manner that discriminates against Palestinians.
“Throughout the West Bank, and particularly in Hebron, settlers are given preferential treatment over Palestinians in terms of movement (major roads are reserved exclusively for settlers), building rights and army protection and laws governing family re-unification”.

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Nigeria cracks down on illegal aliens February 25, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, African, Cameroon, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, deportations, Ghana, illegal immigration, Niger, Nigeria, Racism, Racist, Togo, voter fraud.
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Interestly, Nigeria has begun to crack down on illegal immigrants, however, there are no calls of racism, in contrast to how the subject of racism has dominated U.S. discussions on the topic of illegal immigration. 

Nigeria is cracking down on “illegal aliens” from neighbouring countries whom the authorities call a “nuisance”. Niger and Chad seem to have been singled out in the clampdown with thousands of their nationals packed into lorries and taken to the border.

People from Ghana, Togo, Cameroon and other West African countries have also been removed from at least eight major cities across the country.

Politicians are accused of importing “ghost voters” ahead of April polls.

“The truth is that it is because of the elections,” an immigration official who did not want to be named told the BBC News website.

“You know people from Niger speak Hausa which is the language of northern Nigeria and they are Muslims. Because of this cultural affinity, it’s easy for them to pretend to be Nigerians and vote in the elections,” the source said.

But the official reason given for the deportations is that the illegal aliens constitute a “public nuisance and security risk”.

Nigeria’s Interior Minister Olu Adeniji told the BBC that “only vagabonds and those engaged in armed robbery and other illegal acts” were being targeted in the immigration sweep, but did not give any figures.

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Principal Deems Jesus Chant Offensive February 25, 2007

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A Catholic school principal has organized sensitivity training for students who shouted “We love Jesus” during a basketball game against a school with Jewish students.

The word “Jew” also was painted on a gym wall behind the seats of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School students attending the Feb. 2 game at Norfolk Academy, said Dennis W. Price, principal of the Virginia Beach school.

Price who also watched the game, said the rivals exchanged chants, “Then, at some point, our students were chanting, ‘We love Jesus.'”

“It was obviously in reference to the Jewish population of Norfolk Academy; that’s the only way you can take that,” he added. (more…)

Black Activists Outraged Over Liberal Merger of Abortion and Civil Rights February 25, 2007

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Inclusion of Planned Parenthood in a self-described civil rights coalition has outraged members of the black leadership network Project 21, as Planned Parenthood advocates and provides abortions – particularly in the black community.”How can a civil rights group that claims to support underprivileged blacks embrace an organization created expressly to hasten the demise of black people?” asked Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie.  “People of conscience should be appalled and outraged by this alignment.”

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), a political coalition of almost 200 groups representing liberal racial, gender, age, disability and religious special interests as well as labor unions.  The LCCR is most often known in recent years for its opposition to judicial nominees who adhere to an orginalist interpretation of the Constitution.

The founding of Planned Parenthood, originally founded as the National Birth Control League in 1916 and later called the American Birth Control League before adopting its current name in 1942, is largely credited to Margaret Sanger.  In the late 1930s, Sanger began a program known as the “Negro Project” that sought to improve public health and welfare by encouraging abortions in the black community.  This agenda was promoted in part by befriending black ministers.

In announcing the new affiliation, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington president and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter said her group and the LCCR now “share a dedication to promoting human rights” as well as alleged “committed to justice and equality.”  LCCR president Wade Henderson added that Planned Parenthood was “one of the nation’s leading health care advocates” and that “health care reform is the next frontier for the civil rights movement.”

In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released in August of 2006, 70 percent of surveyed blacks of the Protestant faith believed that abortion should be more limited than it is today or made totally illegal.

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Americans Divided Over Black History Month February 21, 2007

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It’s February, and the annual debate has begun. The subject of Black History Month becomes the centerpiece of many a water-cooler conversation.

A poll of almost 10,000 Americans conducted in January shows there is no consensus on the topic of Black History Month. The survey, conducted by MSN and Zogby International, found that 43 percent of Americans believe setting one month of the year to focus on a racially defined observance is a token gesture, while 39 percent say that is an opportunity to raise awareness of African-American history and accomplishments (18 percent are not sure).

Also see: MSN-Zogby Black History Month poll results

Is it a valuable and necessary way for African-American history—an essential part of American history—to be offered to the public?

Or is it, as one scholar wrote in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, “simply a guilt-driven public relations scam to pacify blacks who otherwise receive no attention on the bread and butter issues of education, jobs, and health care?”

African-Americans have varying opinions on the issue, too. The poll found that 28 percent feel that dedicating only February to black history is a token gesture. Celebrities Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby have spoken out against it. “I don’t want a black history month,” Freeman said on 60 Minutes. “Black history is American history.” Comedians Chris Rock and Dick Gregory have made jokes about it. Recently, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart did a riff on the debate over Black History Month.

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UK teens jailed for cab driver’s racist murder February 21, 2007

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LONDON – A gang of white teenagers were jailed for almost 80 years today for the racist murder of an Asian taxi driver beaten to death in Huddersfield last year.

Mohammad Parvaiz, a 41-year-old father of three, was killed last July after he responded to what he believed to be a routine request for a taxi. He suffered 23 separate injuries in the attack.

Christopher Murphy was given a minimum jail term of 25 years while the judge at Leeds Crown Court handed down a minimum 21-year sentence to Michael Hand.

Graeme Slavin and Steven Utley were jailed for a minimum of 17 years.

Police said the main motivation for the attack was revenge for an incident that had occurred a few weeks earlier when Murphy’s scooter had been damaged after a confrontation with a group of Asian youths.

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BBC answers ANC ‘racism’ claim February 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist, South Africa, South African.
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The BBC has written to the African National Congress challenging allegations of racism in its reporting.The BBC World editorial director, Sian Kevill, gave detailed examples of the range of the BBC’s African news coverage after complaints about a report by John Simpson on crime in Johannesburg..

Simpson’s report focused on the 50 murders in South Africa every day, and the controversial corruption claims made against police chief Jackie Selebi.

On Friday, the ANC published an article in its weekly online newsletter that claimed Simpson’s report reinforced stereotypes of South Africa as the crime capital of the world, and did not include positive developments in the country.

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U.N. Anti-Racism Panel Questions Israel February 21, 2007

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A United Nations anti-racism hearing later this week could add more fuel to the debate over a hotly contested Israeli construction project that has sparked anger throughout the Muslim world. Israel’s government has also been asked to explain if it discriminates between Jewish citizens and what it calls its “Arab sector” in how it provides housing, education, public services, land rights and legal protection against acts of violence, according to a list of issues released by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The panel of 18 independent experts overseeing compliance with the United Nations’ 38-year-old anti-racism treaty has submitted questions in writing on Israel’s policy for preserving holy sites and asked the government to explain why it only grants special protection for places considered sacred by Jews.

“To date, approximately 120 places have been declared as holy sites, all of which are Jewish,” the committee said in its list of questions, written before the recent furor over a construction project in Jerusalem that some Muslims have charged could damage Islam’s holy places.

Israel – whose quadrennial review was postponed in August because of the Lebanon war – is to appear before the panel on Thursday and Friday to answer the questions, which include whether it “has set forth regulations in relation to holy sites of both the Jewish and non-Jewish population.”

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Study States Affirmative Action Benefits Black Immigrants Over Black Americans February 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, African Americans, African-American, American Journal of Education, Black Immigrants and Black Natives Attending Selective, Black students, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.
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According to a recent study, “Black Immigrants and Black Natives Attending Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States”, first- or second-generation immigrants comprise a disproportionately high percentage of the Black student population at U.S. universities, with the percentage increasing in proportion to the selectivity of the institution. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, researchers found more than 40 percent of the Black student population at Ivy League colleges are of immigrant origin, despite comprising just 13 percent of the Black population overall.The report, published in the American Journal of Education by Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania researchers, raises important questions about diversity in higher education and affirmative action, says co-author Dr. Camille Charles, a faculty associate director at Penn’s Center for Africana Studies.

“For affirmative action values, it’s problematic,” she says. “It is more severe in selective schools, where immigrants are more privileged in terms of admissions. [But if] diversity is what most matters, then this is interesting… but not any cause for alarm.”

Since little research has been done on the topic to date, the report documents similarities and differences between the Black American and Black immigrant populations. The disparity in college attendance, particularly at the nation’s premier universities, first gained
national attention in 2003, when Harvard University professors Lani Guinier and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. noted that of the university’s 530 Black undergraduates in 2003-2004, only about 180 could claim a completely Black American heritage.

Just above 43 percent of the Black immigrants surveyed hailed from the Caribbean, with 28.6 percent coming from Africa and 7.4 percent from Latin America. Jamaica (20.5 percent) and Nigeria (17.3 percent) were the home countries of the most students.

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Government launches program to protect Americans from religious discrimination February 21, 2007

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With the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention as his audience, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the launch of the First Freedom Project, a Justice Department effort to fight religious discrimination.“Religious freedom is a fundamental part of our nation’s history and one of its core principles,” Gonzales told Executive Committee members Feb. 20.

The First Freedom Project will be spearheaded by the Justice Department’s civil-rights division and will build on the department’s efforts to strengthen and preserve religious liberty throughout the nation, according to Gonzales, who sought the meeting with SBC leaders.

“Throughout our history, nothing has defined us a nation more than our respect for religious freedom,” Gonzales said. “It is not confined to members of one church or the followers of one set of beliefs. Through this initiative, the Justice Department continues its vigorous efforts to enforce protections against religious discrimination.”

The attorney general stressed that religious liberty is “a universal right and applies to people of all faiths.”

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Black professor ends hunger strike at MIT February 20, 2007

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James L. Sherley, an African-American professor at MIT who was denied tenure, ended his 12-day hunger strike at noon Saturday, but he made sure the administration knew he was still demanding tenure and immediate action to address perceived racism on campus, reports the Boston Globe.

      “Starting today, I will in fact break my fast, in celebration of the attention that has been brought to bear on issues of equity, diversity, and justice at MIT and in higher education,” he wrote in a statement posted on the university’s Web site.

      “Carefully modified from the original, my demands are still on the table. I urge the administration to act in good faith, to openly acknowledge and respond to the lines of communication and negotiation that have been in place for two weeks, and to find its way to meet these demands,” Sherley’s statement said.

      The Massachusetts Institute of Technology “will continue to work toward resolution of our differences with Professor Sherley,” said a statement posted with Sherley’s on the website.

      “Professor Sherley’s protest has focused attention on the effects that race may play in the hiring, advancement, and experience of under-represented minority faculty, and on ensuring that our grievance processes are comprehensive, fair, and timely. MIT is fully committed to addressing these issues,” the MIT statement said.

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Religion ‘not causing tension’ in workplace February 20, 2007

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Religious observance in the workplace is not a source of employer-employee conflict despite a number of high-profile cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace, a survey claims.

According to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and professional services firm KPMG, only one per cent had faced an employment tribunal claim in the past three years related to alleged religious discrimination.

Similarly only one per cent of the 1,369 employers questioned said they had been involved in disciplinary and three per cent reported a grievance related to discrimination.

Last year the case of Nadia Eweida, a Christian employee of British Airways, caused controversy and highlighted the issue. She was requested by her employer to cover up her cross as it wished to keep the airline’s uniform neutral, causing controversy among some Christian groups.

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“Now Celebrity Big Brother’s Shilpa is accused of racism” February 13, 2007

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Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty has been accused of racism.

The Bollywood star – who was said to be the victim of racist bullying in the Big Brother house – starred in a TV comedy sketch, laughing at an actor with a “blacked-up” face and afro-wig on.

Black social commentator Jaye Williamson told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “Maybe Shetty is the racist – mocking Africans on her TV show? The outrage should be that people dare to cry racism on Shilpa’s behalf when she had the audacity to take part in a show that mocked Africans.”

Shilpa appeared on Asian network Zee TV’s etc music channel, laughing at the sketch which echoed the ‘Black and White Minstrel Show’, which was axed in 1978 in Britain after protests against it’s alleged racist undertones.

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Spain vows to get tough on racism February 13, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Atletico Madrid, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, Getafe, Racism, Real Zaragoza, soccer, The Spanish Football Federation.
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Spain’s sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky has promised to get tough in dealing with racism in football with action promised against the ultra groups that encourage racist behaviour.

“We need the courage to confront this problem and act decsively against it,” Lissavetzky said when he presented the new “Hold out your hand” initiative designed to raise awareness of the problem amongst football fans.

“We have made progress, but there are still a lot of things to do and we won’t close our eyes to the problem.

“Football needs to provide an example to the rest of society in this matter. We want to be radical and get to the root of the problem.

“It is the ultra groups that are often the seed bed of these attitudes. They don’t represent the views of Spanish society and we need to eliminate them.”

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the Football League (LFP), UEFA, Spanish anti-racist groups as well as players and fans associations are all backing the “Hold out your hand” campaign.

“We are raising awareness on the one hand, but also improving the methods of detection of the perpetrators and introducing stronger punishments,” Lissavetzky said.

“We are in the process of passing a new law against racism, xenophobia and intolerance and we hope it will be a useful tool in helping us achieve our aim of zero tolerance against racism.”

Outbreaks of racist abuse have become an all too common occurrence at Spanish football matches in recent years, with leading clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Getafe receiving fines as a result of the behaviour of their fans.

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