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Cyprus marks international day against racism

ON the occasion of the international day against racism, the Youth Organisation presented its ‘Knowing and Dispelling Hatred’ handbook on Friday.

In a written statement, the Youth Organisation said it prepared the handbook in cooperation with the Office of the Commissioner for Administration’s Equality Authority and the Anti-Discrimination Body, as part of the Europe-wide ‘No Hate Speech’ campaign.

The campaign is organised in Cyprus by the Youth Organisation.

The handbook aims to help young people recognise and understand all forms of hatred, whether relating to race, gender or sexuality, so that they can fight them.

Representatives of government services, ministries, non-governmental and youth organisations, as well as immigrants, attended the presentation.

Cameroonian immigrants and an Iranian political refugee addressed the attendees, relating their experience of life in Cyprus and the challenges they are faced with.

Meanwhile, a march is being organised on Saturday by immigrant support group KISA as part of the European mobilisation against racism and fascism.

In a statement issued on Friday, KISA said that the march will start at 11 am from the OXI roundabout and end at the end of Ledra street.

KISA also called on the Cyprus state, and the government in particular, to recognise the extent, seriousness and consequences of discrimination and racism and facilitate immediate measures to fight them.

“In order to implement this zero-tolerance policy, KISA considers the cooperation of all stakeholders necessary and calls for the creation of an action plan on fighting discrimination and racism”, KISA’s statement concludes.

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