UN expert tasks nations on racist attacks at sporting events

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere, has urged nations to pay close attention to early signs of racism that could eventually lead to grave human rights violations.

Ruteere, in a statement on Wednesday after submitting his report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, said extremist groups in political movements and, in particular, sports arenas, must be tackled.

''The presence of extremist groups, including neo-Nazi and skinhead groups, in sporting events is a matter of serious concern. Neo-Nazi symbols, slogans and banners displayed during football matches and racist chants against players or supporters of African origin should not be tolerated,” he warned.

The expert also pointed to recent incidents of violence and racism during the European Union Football Associations’ (UEFA) championships as evidence that racism in sport is a serious problem.

''I call upon states to intensify the fight against racism in sport and to strengthen the role of sports in promoting cultural diversity,” he said. ''In particular, in light of the upcoming Olympics it is crucial that further preventive measures be taken to avoid racist incidents during this
event which is going to reach out to all regions of the world.''
-0- PANA AA/SEG 4July2012

04 juillet 2012 08:28:31

xhtml CSS