The Cypriot Parliament adopted the Charter of European political parties for a non-racist society as a response to the rise in discrimination and racism. Despite opposition from the far-right party Elam, the charter received overwhelming support from legislators, demonstrating Cyprus’ commitment to combating racism and xenophobia.
What action did the Cypriot Parliament take to combat racism?
The Cypriot Parliament adopted the Charter of European political parties for a non-racist society, demonstrating its dedication to combating racism, xenophobia, and discrimination. This adoption signifies a commitment to human rights and the promotion of an inclusive society.
In a significant move towards upholding human rights and fostering an inclusive society, the Cypriot parliament has adopted the Charter of European political parties for a non-racist society. This symbolizes a clear response to the worrying rise in discriminatory rhetoric and actions within the nation and beyond.
Unwavering Support Amidst Opposition
Despite facing resistance from the far-right party Elam, the charter, which was an initiative put forth by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly in collaboration with the European Parliament’s Anti-racism and diversity intergroup (ARDI), received overwhelming support from Cypriot legislators. With a vote tally reflecting 33 in favor and only three against, the charter’s endorsement by Cyprus is a testament to the country’s dedication to combating racism and xenophobia.
The resolution that parliament passed is unequivocal in its condemnation of racism, xenophobia, discrimination, hate speech, and associated criminal actions. It further disavows the existence and efforts of political entities that either overtly or covertly foster racial intolerance and ideologies that jeopardize democracy and the rule of law.
Leadership Takes a Stand
The message from Cypriot leadership was clear and direct. Annita Demetriou, the House President, took a symbolic step back to allow Charalambos Theopemptou, the most senior MP, to oversee the proceedings. Her stance was one of solidarity, affirming support for the legislators’ collective decision to combat extremism.
In stark contrast, Elam leader Christos Christou disparaged the charter as unnecessary and criticized its supporters for what he perceived as hypocrisy, particularly towards Greek Cypriots and their treatment. Christou’s diatribe also touched on immigration, an issue he claims threatens the nation’s identity.
The Immigration Debate
The topic of immigration became a point of contention during the session. Elam representatives focused on the subject, prompting a reminder from Demetriou that the day’s discussion was centered on the charter, not immigration policy. Nikos Tornaritis, Disy MP, stressed that immigration is a complex issue exploited by some for racist agendas. He called for mature, non-racist policies to address the challenges it presents.
Voices for Tolerance and Diversity
Several MPs voiced their alarm at the persistent issues of intolerance and racism. Disy MP Rita Superman emphasized the need for proactive measures to attain a non-racist society. Akel MP Giorgos Loukaides expressed concern over the resurgence of extreme-right ideologies, urging parliament to take a new direction in political discourse regarding democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
The debates and discussions in the Cypriot parliament serve as a microcosm of the broader challenges faced by societies across Europe and the world. The Cypriot parliament’s commitment to embracing the tenets of the European Union and its ideals through the endorsement of the non-racism charter is a significant step. It reinforces the belief that diversity and tolerance are not only societal assets but also essential components of a functioning democracy.
- The Cypriot Parliament adopted the Charter of European political parties for a non-racist society to combat discrimination and racism.
- Despite opposition from the far-right party Elam, the charter received overwhelming support from legislators, demonstrating Cyprus’ commitment to combating racism and xenophobia.
- The charter condemns racism, xenophobia, discrimination, hate speech, and associated criminal actions.
- Cypriot leadership took a stand in support of the charter, while the far-right party criticized it as unnecessary.
- The topic of immigration became a point of contention during the session, with some MPs stressing the need for non-racist policies to address the challenges it presents.