Spain's most mixed city to hear fears of racism

7th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2005, MADRID — Amid concerns that racism is on the rise, a conference on fighting intolerance will open in one of Spain's most historically mixed cities on Wednesday.

7 June 2005

MADRID — Amid concerns that racism is on the rise, a conference on fighting intolerance will open in one of Spain's most historically mixed cities on Wednesday.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will open a two-day conference on curbing intolerance and anti-semitism tomorrow in Cordoba.

The conference will review conclusions from an anti-semitism forum last year in Berlin, as well as a Paris conference on web-based racism and a Brussels meeting on xenophobia.

"No one, neither a state nor an institution, can consider himself immune" to anti-semitism and intolerance, Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said ahead of the official conference opening as he arrived in Granada.

"The complexity and growing heterogeneity of our societies call for an ever more determined commitment to upholding the values of tolerance and respect with regard to others," Moratinos said.

In electing to hold the conference at Cordoba organisers have chosen a city that is a historical focal point of Christian, Jewish and Muslim coexistence.

Participants will deal with issues such as anti-semitism and the media, teaching about the Holocaust and religious discrimination within the Vienna-based OSCE, which groups 55 states from North America to Central Asia and combats discrimination.

Also on the agenda is the rise in Islamic extremism.

Simone Veil, the French former president of the European Parliament who as a teenager was deported during World War II to Auschwitz, will address the conference.

Spain's former minister for culture and one-time Buchenwald concentration camp inmate Jorge Semprun and former New York governor George Pataki will also participate alongside diverse political, religious and academic figures.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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