Less Racist Insults in Switzerland in 2008
The number or racist incidents dropped slightly in Switzerland, according to the «Racism in Switzerland» Chronology of the Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism (GRA) and the Society for Minorities in Switzerland (GSM). In 2008, 92 cases were registered for 113 in 2007. Verbal racist insults have diminished, in particular against Muslims and coloured persons, said the GRA. However the right extremism remains active in the country. Harassment and humiliations by the police continue to be addressed mainly to young coloured men, whatever their nationality.
According to responsible at the GRA and GS, this development results of preventive measures taken by the Swiss Confederation and various NGOs. Other relevant factors are the raise of awareness among young people and the impact of the anti-racism penal norm.
- Baisse des actes racistes en Suisse en 2008 (pdf, 1p.)
Press release in French (German also available), GRA, 10 June, 2009
- Website of the Foundation against Racism and Anti-semitism (GRA)
- Website of the Society for Minorities in Switzerland (GSM)