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Sunday, 21 March 2010

A BNP leader being probed again for death threats

A BNP leader is being probed after a chilling death threat against Labour peer Baroness Uddin appeared on his Facebook site.

BNP's deputy leader Roger Phillips, 42, allegedy posted a message saying: "were going to hang you one day. Regards the BNP."

He used the site 15 minutes earlier to urge members of the far-Right party to: "Message this bitch and tell her what we think of her". Bangladesh-born Muslim Lady Uddin, 50, has faced allegations of fiddling £30,000 expenses on a home. But she denied wrong-doing and no charges were brought

It is understood she has received other death threats this month. A Labour source said: "She finds it extremely upsetting and disturbing."

Phillips, 42, BNP deputy organiser for West Wales, is on bail after claims that a film-maker received threatening calls. The BNP and Phillips were not available for comment

The People

EDL in Bolton:- the morning after

The following news item has appeared in the Times newspaper in regard to the protests by the EDL and anti-racist organisations in Bolton.

We at the Stand Up To Hate blog do not condone or support violence, but nether do we support the belief that a racist organisation like the EDL should be un-challenged in its actions.
The rally cry of the anti-racists/anti-fascist  around the world has been “No Pasarán” (none shall pass) a cry that had is origin Battle of Verdun between the French and Germany armies in World War I by French General Robert Nivelle and was the rallying call at the Battle of Cable street by the anti-racists/anti-fascist protestors against the British Fascists Oswald Mosley.
Its meaning is simple. The racists/fascist shall not go unchallenged.
Violence unfortunately does occur and often occurs. And it can never be advocated, encouraged or supported. But neither should demonstrations in support of racial hatred be seen as acceptable and go unchallenged.
It’s a very thin and treacherous path to walk between the two. But unfortunately still with all its perils and pit falls it is a path that has to be taken.

Bolton EDL March
Riot police battled to control thousands of rival demonstrators taking part in an ill-tempered city centre protest organised by a controversial right-wing group.

Hundreds of officers, some horse-mounted and armed with batons, separated supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) and members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
Two officers were injured following ugly clashes: one fractured a finger, the other was bitten by a police dog. A police helicopter was also dispatched to assist the officers on the ground. There was a total of 67 arrests, 55 of which were UAF supporters and the remaining 12 EDL, police said.
The EDL organised the rally in Bolton, Lancashire, to protest against "radical Muslims" and Sharia law. At its height there were some 2,000 EDL and a further 1,500 UAF protestors.
The main protest took place in front of the town hall, which was boarded up to prevent any damage. Many local pubs and shops closed and taxi firms pulled their drivers off the roads.

Council leaders had met with Home Secretary Alan Johnson earlier this week in a bid to ban the demonstration, but were told there was no power to do so unless it took place on private property.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who is leading the operation for Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: "Today in Bolton we have seen groups of people, predominantly associated with the UAF, engaging in violent confrontation.

“It is clear to me that a large number have attended with the sole intention of committing disorder and their actions have been wholly unacceptable. Turning their anger onto police officers they acted with, at times, extreme violence and their actions led to injuries to police officers, protesters and members of the public.

“The police are not and should not be the target of such violence and anger and this protest and the actions of some of the protesters is roundly condemned by GMP and by Bolton Council.

“Were it not for the professionalism and bravery of police officers many others would have been seriously injured."
By late afternoon protestors from both groups had been led away from the main town square. Officers frogmarched EDL demonstrators back towards the railway and bus stations, while they continued to chant: “We want our country back.”

UAF members left, chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets.”

Police will now review CCTV of the incident to identify people involved in inciting or committing disorder.
EDL protester Stuart Rogers, 31, from Bolton, draped in the English flag, said he was there “to support England, against the Taliban bombers”, adding: “All my family are in the Army - my dad, and my brother, who has just done 11 months in Afghanistan. Why are our troops out there when they should be at home?”

Among those arrested were UAF joint secretary Weymann Bennett, who organised the protest, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, and Martin Smith, who runs the Love Music Hate Racism campaign.

Second World War veteran Bertie Lois, 89, who protested with the UAF, said: “I fought the Second World War against these Nazis. What did I fight for if we let them? The EDL are the enemy. I would say to them ’you are the guys we fought for, what are you doing?’"

Simon Marsden, 37, also supported the UAF. He said: “Something has got to be done about these fascists who come into our town where there is no problem on the streets.

“They have come in trying to cause conflict. There is no room for them in this day and age.”

Louis Kang-Mascarenhis, a 19-year-old student, added: "I was very surprised by the number of EDL. They need to educate themselves. They are trying to stir up hatred by coming into a town with a large Asian population.”
Two UAF demonstrators were taken to hospital, one with a minor head injury and the other with a minor ear injury, police said. A 19-year-old man received treatment for an ongoing health problem and a 16-year-old girl was treated after suffering a panic attack.
The EDL describes itself as a peaceful, non-political group campaigning against “militant Islam”, but a previous rally in Manchester last year turned violent, resulting in 44 arrests and 10 injuries.


Tories 'airbrushed' ethnic minority candidates from campaign leaflets (UK)

Party denies keeping photographs of its non-white candidates out to pander to the BNP's supporters

The Conservatives have been accused of "pandering to prejudice" by omitting pictures of their non-white election candidates from campaign literature in areas where they are fighting the BNP.

Claims by the Tory leader, David Cameron, to be promoting ethnic diversity were called into question after an entire series of campaign calendars issued in east London – the front line of the fight against the BNP – contained only photographs of their white candidates.
The Conservatives denied that the move amounted to deliberate "airbrushing" of ethnic minority candidates. They insisted that the lack of photographs of their non-white candidates on all campaign calendars dropped through letter boxes was because their list of candidates had not been completed when the material was published. But they could not explain why the names of the non-white candidates, and their phone numbers, did appear, suggesting they had already been signed up to campaign for seats on Barking and Dagenham council. When contacted by the Observer, one Tory council candidate, Wale Oguntona, who is of Nigerian descent, said: "I have been told that all inquiries have to be handled by Simon Jones [the parliamentary candidate]."

On Saturday night Simon Woolley, the national co-ordinator and founder of Operation Black Vote, which campaigns to promote black people in politics, said: "There is a clear intent from the Conservative party to airbrush its candidates out of these leaflets. It is extremely disappointing, given that the Conservative leadership recognises the power of the black vote. This is pandering to prejudice. You can either confront race hatred or pander to it, as they are doing by having only white faces on their material."

Woolley said the party was "covering itself" with the release of pictures that appeared to be cobbled together.

Margaret Mullane, a Labour council candidate, said she had never seen her Tory opponent, Samson Omosule, on the campaign trail. "It would appear they do not want to let the gentleman out. The Labour team has not seen him."

Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting and minister of state for transport, said: "If everything is as it appears, this is very worrying. David Cameron talks of open politics and a changed Conservative party, but here it looks as though they are scared of acknowledging their own candidates.

The glossy calendars, bearing pictures of Cameron and Jones on the front, were distributed in wards across Dagenham and Rainham. They are key pieces of campaign literature designed for people to keep on their walls.

The Tories said it was "fiction" to suggest that non-white candidates had been left off deliberately and said there was plenty of material showing these candidates. They forwarded different material to the Observer with photographs of the non-white candidates prominently displayed. But it appeared that these images had been superimposed onto the new material so that they were next to their white colleagues. They were not original, group photos.
Operation Black Vote will publish research this week showing that the black and ethnic minority vote could significantly influence the result in more than 100 parliamentary seats. Cameron has made strenuous efforts to promote the idea of a racially diverse Conservative party, but critics say that in areas where the BNP is a force and there is strong anti-immigrant feeling, parties can be wary of promoting their non-white candidates.

There are fears that in local elections on 6 May the BNP could seize control of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It currently has 12 councillors to Labour's 37 and the Tories' two. In the Barking parliamentary seat, Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, is standing against Labour's Margaret Hodge.

Ian Austin, the communities minister, says in today's Observer that Labour needs to change its tactics to confront the BNP. "The old tactics of bans, pickets and protests no longer work. Legal action over membership rules is counterproductive, too. In the coming election, candidates from mainstream parties will have to take on the BNP at public meetings, win the argument and persuade voters the BNP is wrong."

The Tories have been embroiled in a row about immigration in nearby Romford, where leaflets were distributed claiming the floodgates had been opened to mass immigration. The materialwas said to be "promoted" by Andrew Rosindell, the local MP. Rosindell was quick to distance himself from the material a fortnight ago. He said: "I did not write or approve this flyer." But he later told the Romford Recorder: "I don't think they're inflammatory; it's how people feel."
The Guardian


Twelve participants of a neo-Nazi organisation in suburban Paris have been sentenced to prison. The group, Nomad 88, gained public attention in May 2008 when three of its members went on a shooting spree to "purge" the suburbs of immigrants. The sentences, handed down Thursday by the Regional Court in Evry, south of the capital, ranged from two weeks probation to two and a half years for membership of the violent gang, and for arms possession. Two men, one of them the suspected leader of Nomad 88, were each ordered to pay damages of 5,000 euros. Defence lawyer David Dassa-Le Deist welcomed the verdict as "balanced”, while the public prosecutor, Marc de Cathelineau, said it did not judge the men “for their ideological aberration, but for their actions”. The men, who range in age from 20 to 37, had been arrested following their shooting spree at Saint-Michel-sur-Orge in May 2008, which did not leave any casualties. During a house search, weapons as well as extreme-right literature and objects were found, among them some bearing the portrait of Adolf Hitler and the swastika. The group called itself Nomad 88 in reference to “Heil Hitler”, with H being the eighth letter in the alphabet. Its rules stipulated that “to become a member you have to be white, national-socialist or racist”.



According to the Anti Racist Network (ARN), white-supremacist demonstrations are planned for B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Victoria on Sunday. What is traditionally the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, the neo-Nazis have declared White Pride Worldwide Day. ARN, the activist group No One Is Illegal (NOII), and others are preparing a counter-rally to confront white supremacist groups such as Blood and Honour Canada, and Advocates for White Civil Rights. “Several different groups and communities have called for a gathering to let them know they are not welcome and to celebrate our diversity to oppose their hatred and bigotry,” says NOII on its Web site. ARN says it expects hundreds to show up in support of multiculturalism. In Calgary, the neo-Nazi/white pride groups Aryan Guard and White European Bloodlines are also expected to rally. At last year’s event in Calgary, an estimated 500 anti-racists confronted 30 white supremacists, resulting in violence and three arrests. White pride demonstrations have taken place on the day in Calgary and Toronto in recent years, but observers say gatherings have not occurred in British Columbia for some time. Anita Bromberg, national director of Legal Affairs for B’nai Brith Canada, an organization that fights anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry, says members of the Aryan Guard in Ontario seem to have come together and set up in B.C. “It is unfortunate to see that this kind of open display of intolerance would come to the streets of any place in Canada,” said Bromberg. “To watch these guys march down the street if you were, for instance, a holocaust survivor—it's a pretty scary moment.” Bromberg follows and has studied the Web sites of groups such as the Aryan Guard and Storm Front, and says “a quick perusal would suggest that their attitudes are unfortunately very hurtful if not hateful.” Aryan Guard founder Kyle Mckee, who was arrested in Winnipeg last December, is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a November bombing that police say targeted residents of a Calgary apartment.

Movement of Hate
March 21 has been recognized the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination since 1960 after the massacre of demonstrators demanding an end to apartheid in Sharpesville, South Africa. It has only been since 2000 that neo-Nazi and white nationalist organizations have claimed March 21 as White Pride Worldwide Day against what they call multi-racial supremacy. The white pride movement has been growing alongside a burgeoning music business worth more than $3.4 million, according to Interpol and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ironically, although white power music has been driven underground due to bans throughout Europe, the United States has become a Mecca and haven for the industry due to First Amendment protections. Power music song lyrics fan feelings of anger, blind rage, and violent tendencies, and frequently include exhortations to kill. “In their view they're a victimized group because as more and more immigrants come into Canada they see their white world fading away,” says Bromberg. Just last week a man who had been suspended from his job at an Edmonton car dealership for making racial comments walked into his former place of work and opened fire, killing one man and seriously wounding another before turning the gun on himself. The man, described by his co-workers as a white supremacist, had a swastika tattooed on his body, according to news reports. The planned activities of neo-Nazi groups have spawned a countrywide network of racism-resistance groups who are firmly countering the aggression. The Calgary-based One People’s Project: Hate Has Consequences has declared on its Web site that it plans to confront the racist groups nonviolently should they show up. In the United States, a neo-Nazi group called the Illinois National Socialist Front is planning to march in Chicago on March 21. South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action is calling for “other groups inside and outside of Chicago to stand with us against fascism,” and join in a counter-rally to confront the group. Bromberg supports the anti-racist groups’ actions, saying the best way to counter white supremacists is to “shine a light on their activities.” “No one is denying them their pride. What we're denying them is the right to be intolerant, because there is no such right in Canada,” Bromberg said. “We've seen how a belief in the supremacy of the white race once led the world into chaos,” she said. “We certainly don't want that intolerance here on our streets.”

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China hits out at UK human rights report

China has accused Britain of putting on a political show after a UK review of human rights around the world was highly critical of Beijing.

The report, issued on Wednesday, named China as one of some 20 nations where there was cause for serious concern about human rights.
Burma, Zimbabwe and North Korea were also named as countries of concern.
The report said there had been a marked deterioration in some areas of human rights in China.

China's response was blunt. Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the fact that all the nations singled out were developing countries showed the report was "simply a political show".

He asked why Britain did not talk about itself and other Western nations which, he said, had violated human rights.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had released the report immediately after visiting China.

In Beijing he had raised the case of Gao Zhisheng, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, who was taken away by police last year and has vanished.
The UK report highlighted as areas of concern China's increasing harassment of defence lawyers and the detention of human rights activists.
Mr Qin was asked several times about Gao Zhisheng's case but he said he had nothing to add.

He then asked reporters to stop asking about the case, saying: "I will not answer you", adding "so I hope you will give up such efforts".
BBC News

Racial inequality still rife across Western world

The UN day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been on the global calendar for 35 years, but experts say there's a long way to go before it becomes redundant. Not least due to a rise in Islamophobia.

When the twin towers came crashing to the ground on September 11th 2001, little could have prepared Muslim communities across the Western world for the fallout that was to land in their laps. In the immediate aftermath there was a rapid increase in attacks against members of Muslim communities, a rise in vandalism of mosques and a general sense of marginalisation.

And many Muslims would say that feeling of having been pushed away from mainstream society has never gone away. A study on discrimination against Muslims conducted by the Fundamental Rights Agency last year revealed that one in three participants had been at the receiving end of discriminatory behavior in the previous 12 months.

It is such statistics which have ushered the term Islamophobia into the English language, but for all its usage, there is some disagreement about what it actually means, whether it refers to anti-religious or anti-racial sentiment. Are Muslims being discriminated against on race grounds?

Sarah Isal, deputy director of the Runnymede Trust racial equality think tank says yes.

"Islamophobia in the way we mean it is about the very real discrimination faced by a particular group because of the perception of belonging to a particular religion," she said. "So in that sense it is used as a proxy for racism."

Moreover, she told Deutsche Welle, that although Islamic groups are now facing heightened levels of discrimination, they have been the target of racial prejudice for a long time.

Changing identity
What is new however, is that while once upon a time Muslims in the West might have referred to themselves as Asian, and viewed themselves as part of a wider ethnic minority group, they now describe themselves as Muslim.
And in keeping with that pattern of identification, there have been great efforts in recent years to make the Muslim community easily accessible to those outside it. But Islamophobia expert Dr. Chris Allen told Deutsche Welle that such initiatives are not necessarily the best way to promote tolerance.

"People have said if we increase understanding about Islam then people will become more aware and the prejudice will disappear," he said. "But I think that is a naïve approach."

Allen believes that non-mosque-goers don't need to know about Friday prayers, but should understand acceptance as a social phenomenon and learn that discrimination and anti-Muslim sentiment do not have a place in the modern world.

"Let's talk about the problem and not about Islam as the problem," he said. "To address Islamophobia, we don't need to talk on an inter-faith basis, but we need to get Muslims to be seen as 'normal'."
To do that he says it is crucial to look at areas of common ground among all ethnic and religious groups and for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike to stop apportioning and accepting unrealistic blame.

"If someone commits a terrorist attack, let's not apologize because they might have some commonality with someone else elsewhere."

What's 'normal' anyway?
But pushing the notion of 'normal' and making people open their eyes to what they don't want to see is never going to be easy, not in Europe and not across the Atlantic.
Bill Hackwell, an organiser with the US anti-racism A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition told Deutsche Welle that racial discrimination is alive and kicking throughout America, and that the situation has been going from bad to worse, exacerbated by the global recession.

"There has been an attempt to scapegoat the economic crisis on the back of immigrant workers who make up a large part of the workforce," he told Deutsche Welle

People have lost the standard of living they had become accustomed to and this hardship has led to an increase in reactionary groups that whip up anti-immigrant feelings.

But while Hackwell acknowledges this trend as a very real problem, he says xenophobic attitudes are as much about events in the past as anxiety over the future. Even though civil rights were finally won in the states in 1964, the victory was the result of a struggle and not sudden public enlightenment. And that struggle, Hackwell says, is still going on today.
He cites lynchings and unfounded detentions in the south and explosive unemployment and incarceration rates for African Americans as proof of the racial inequality that still rumbles and rages inside the belly of the world's largest democratic power.

"The US likes to talk about democracy, but nothing could be further from the truth if you are a person of colour," he said. "An African American male has more chance of ending up in prison than at college."

Obama the savior?
So has Obama done anything to change that? "Nothing," says Hackwell.

"Just because we now have an African-American president, which in and of itself was a tremendous feat, that is only one person and that doesn't change the very basic direction of the system and the system is very racist. The US is a very racist country."

But looking in to America from the other side of the water, Obama's election is seen as a definite step forward and something for European societies to aspire. Because as it stands there's not a one among them which is anywhere near offering the job of head of state or government to a member of an ethnic minority.



Friday the 19th, two day's before international anti-racism day European human rights and anti-Racism bodies released a statement in regard to racism and xenophobia with an emphasis on the internet.


In a joint statement ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) strongly condemn manifestations of racism and xenophobia, with a particular focus on the Internet:

"We must remain vigilant in the face of racist behaviour and incidents, including hate crimes and malicious expressions of hate and racist sentiments on the Internet.

"Our organizations are alarmed by patterns and manifestations of racism such as the ever-increasing use of the Internet by racist groups for recruitment, radicalisation, command and control, as well as for the intimidation and harassment of opponents. The Internet has become an important communications channel that links people in 'cyberspace', who then meet and take action in the physical world.

"Social networking sites are now prime locations for the spread of racist and xenophobic views, especially among young people. We must challenge such views, while being careful not to undermine freedom of expression.

"The danger emanating from hate spread through the Internet has long been recognized by the international community and our organizations dedicate serious attention to this issue. Prominent examples include ECRI's General Policy Recommendation N° 6 on Combating the Dissemination of Racist, Xenophobic and Antisemitic Material via the Internet and the upcoming 22 March ODIHR expert meeting on challenges of combating crimes motivated by hate on the Internet.

"At the same time, we strongly believe in the Internet's huge potential to overcome bias and prejudices based on characteristics including race, colour, language, nationality or national origin or religion. This potential should be fully utilized.

"We, the signatories of this statement, believe that:

+ governments should investigate and prosecute criminal threats of violence based on racial, ethnic, religious or other bias and fully use existing domestic and international legal instruments and co-operation channels in this regard;

+ governments should provide training to law enforcement officers and prosecutors on addressing hate crimes motivated by racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic or other related bias on the Internet;

+ governments should reflect on whether national legislation provides an adequate basis to respond to crimes motivated by racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic or other related bias on the Internet;

+ governments should establish or expand educational programmes for children and young people about expressions motivated by racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic or other related bias they may encounter on the Internet and include media literacy training in school curricula;

+ effective measures addressing hate on the Internet that do not endanger freedom of speech and expression should be identified and disseminated;

+ civil society should explore ways of utilizing the popularity of social networking sites to combat racism;

+ civil society's efforts to monitor the Internet for manifestations of hate, and efforts to share and publicise the findings should be encouraged and supported;

+ the Internet industry should take an active role in addressing the issue of hate on the Internet and develop and implement effective complaints response mechanisms while respecting freedom of expression."

Ambassador Janez Lenarcic

Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

Morten Kjaerum

Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Nils Muiznieks

Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

The General assembly of the United Nations declared 21 March the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. This day was implemented as a reaction to the murder of 70 anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960. Apartheid was a legal system of racial segregation enforced by the government of South Africa between 1948 and 1990. Not even 20 years have passed by since this hard-line institutional racism was abolished and still segregating ideologies based on ‘race’ can be recognised everyday. The winning thought is that there is only one race: the human race!

Each year around 21 March UNITED coordinates the European-wide Action Week Against Racism. Activists, NGO’s, universities, schools, municipalities and a wide variety of different organisations carry out hundreds of activities all around Europe in order to make a change. Through the actions implemented during the annual campaign thousands of people all over Europe actively engage themselves for tolerance, equal rights and celebrate the diversity of Europe. The activities taking place in the Action Week range from very basic poster actions in schools, public and working places, to intercultural youth festivals, street actions, lectures, living libraries, film screenings, conferences, multicultural football games or cleaning the walls from racist graffiti and many, many more.

for activities in your country that you can get involved with please click the link below.