UN report finds increasing “Afrophobia” and discrimination against African-Swedes
- A new UN report countered Sweden’s diversity-friendly image with data on discrimination faced by African-Swedes, who make up 2% of Sweden’s 9.6 million people.
- In addition to discrimination in housing and employment, a national crime study found that hate crimes against people of African descent increased by more than 40% between 2008 and 2014, with a fifth of last year’s incidents involving violence.
- Sweden has come under fire for several measures anti-racism advocates argue undermine their work, including removing the word “race” from the country’s Discrimination Act and the country’s failure to own up to its role in the transatlantic slave trade.
“Sweden’s liberal reputation tarnished as race attacks rise” (The Guardian)
“Sweden’s liberal image is a mirage that hides a very ugly problem” (Quartz)
“Afrophobic hate crimes on the rise in Sweden” (The Local)
(Image Credit: Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images, via The Guardian)
Violent clash between police and demonstrators at opposition rally in Montenegrin capital leads to calls for investigation
- Fifteen demonstrators were detained during a demonstration in Podgorica organized by the Democratic Front, Montenegro’s main opposition bloc.
- After protesters reportedly tried to break through police barriers and began hurling bottles, police began using tear gas and beating demonstrators.
- Several hundred had rallied after police dismantled the tents set up by the Democratic Front three weeks ago following large protests calling for the resignation of PM Milo Djukanovic’s government.
“Montenegro to investigate police use of force at anti-government protests” (Reuters)
“Montenegro Police Break up Anti-Government Protest” (AP via ABC News)
“Thousands Protest Against Government In Montenegro” (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
(Image Credit: Stevo Vasiljevic/Reuters)
Several Israeli cities effectively bar Arab laborers from their jobs in schools as violence in the country grows
- Several municipalities including Tel Aviv, Rehovot, Hod Hasharon, and Modiin-Maccabim-Reut prohibited school staff including maintenance workers, cleaners, and construction workers (most of whom are Arab) from going to work during school hours.
- To date, 41 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in recent weeks as cycles of revenge killings, protests, and state-driven violence continue.
- While Arab-Israeli politicians and NGOs denounced the restrictions as illegal and racist, the Interior Ministry called for respect and equality without reversing the restrictions.
“Four Israeli cities, citing security, ban Arab workers from schools” (Reuters)
“Israeli Towns Move to Ban Arab Workers From Schools” (Haaretz)
(Image Credit: Moti Milrod/Haaretz)