Day Against Racism: education has a key role to combat prejudices

“European states must urgently take concrete steps to combat all forms of racism and be vigilant in the face of the rising tide of racism and hatred in our societies” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on the eve of the International Day against Racism.

Education has a key role to play in combating prejudices. On this special day for the remembrance of the human tragedies that have taken place in the past, I would like to point out that studying the origins of racism and racial discrimination necessarily helps to combat their current manifestations. Awareness-raising activities and citizen protest movements have succeeded in reducing racism and discrimination everywhere in the world. I firmly believe that diversity is an asset for our civilisation and inevitably helps to bring our societies closer together.”

“Through its support for the Council of Europe’s youth campaign against hate speech and the establishment of the “No Hate Parliamentary Alliance”, the Parliamentary Assembly is demonstrating its determination to fight racism, intolerance and hate speech and encouraging its members to conduct activities at national level” she said.