Christine Williams to the OSCE: We Must Not Discriminate When Applying Rules on Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance and Discrimination

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Working Session 17: Combating racism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination

Intervention read by Christine Williams, representing Mission Europa

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

For links to previous articles about the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, see the OSCE Archives.

3 thoughts on “Christine Williams to the OSCE: We Must Not Discriminate When Applying Rules on Racism, Xenophobia, Intolerance and Discrimination

  1. Yes, in using terms of democracy and freedom,Williams’s remarks would be hard to dispute, let alone attribute any type of negative discrimination to her and request. Excellently done!

  2. “Combating racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and discrimination…”

    These are buzzwords for “more powerful central governments, bigger governments, more government intrusions into private matters, larger budgets for make-work bureaucracies whose real objectives are to expand their budgets and issue complex, expensive, and inexplicable regulations”.

    In other words, these are feelings and freedom-of-association issues the government has no business in addressing. The biggest practitioners of official discrimination turns out to be governments, which can deal with the problem through internal accountability which is completely opaque to the average citizen. That is, the average citizen is not directly affected, except to possibly experience more freedom from intrusion than before.

    I think that for a meganational organization to concern itself with fighting discrimination or racism is simply asking for a totalitarian dictatorship.

    If someone thinks a government branch should concern itself with the way private individuals deal with private individuals, I’m willing to debate the issue.

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