Last week I reported on UN criticism of the People’s Party in Switzerland for its “racist” posters. It seems that the PP had committed the heinous un-PC crime of wanting to deport entire immigrant families if one member was convicted of a crime. The horror!
The Swiss Government has now responded to the UN accusations. It says that it is fully opposed to racism and fully committed to freedom of opinion…
Oh, wait; those are contradictory. OK, it’s against racism, but the courts have to decide. Or something.
It’s doublespeak, if not doublethink, in the service of politically correct behavior.
Yes, the Swiss government is doing that little dance, the PC Multicultural Two-Step, the one that elite functionaries everywhere do when confronted with the contradiction between free speech and Multiculturalism.
According to Swissinfo:
Government rejects racism accusations
Switzerland stands by the principle of freedom of opinion but rejects any form of racism, the government has stressed.
Responding to United Nations criticism, it said that while racism was unacceptable, it was up to the courts to determine whether particular statements violated anti-racism laws.
“In a democratic society freedom of opinion must be defended, in particular in the context of political debate,” the government said in a letter responding to charges laid by two UN special rapporteurs.
Last month the rapporteurs complained about the controversial “black sheep” campaign by the rightwing Swiss People’s Party, which calls for foreign criminals to be expelled from the country.
The posters show three white sheep standing on a Swiss flag kicking out a black sheep with the slogan “Create Security”.
Doudou Diène, the UN special rapporteur on racism, and Jorge Bustamente, the rapporteur on the rights of migrants, asked the Swiss government for an explanation.
The campaign has aroused considerable debate within Switzerland. Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, a member of the centre-left Social Democrat Party, said it “stirs up hatred” and “disgusts” her.
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Roman Jäggi, spokesman for the People’s Party, hit back, saying the campaign was “completely fair”.
“We have a big problem with violence and in particular youth violence, and foreign criminals are a big factor,” he told swissinfo.
Over the last few months the Swiss have discovered the wonderful advantages of UN membership. In addition to special parking spaces and reduced prices at hotels, they are subject to repeated charges of human rights violations from Doudou Diène:
Diène’s complaint about the poster campaign was not the first time he had expressed concern about racism in Switzerland.
In March this year he submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council in which he accused the Swiss authorities of lacking a “coherent and resolute political strategy against racism and xenophobia”.
In his 2006 report he had noted that racism, xenophobia and discrimination were “trivialised” in political debate in Switzerland and also observed strong evidence of institutional racism, including within the police.
Now that Libya, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela have all been reformed into models of civic perfection, it’s time for the UN to clean up human rights in Switzerland.
And what does the Swiss government say?
The government rejected the conclusions of both reports, but said it would step up efforts to combat racism and discrimination.
So it says it will do something. Or nothing. That it can’t do anything. But it will fix the problem. That black is white and up is down and freedom is slavery.
Doublethink and doublespeak to fix doubleplus ungood racism.
Hat tip: insubria.