On the eve of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2014, Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International affirms that “our commitment to fight racism and all forms of discrimination is guided by respect for human rights and basic union principles: social justice, equality, collective action and collective responsibility”.
In this age of neo-liberal globalization, environmental crises and mass migrations, xenophobia raises its ugly head. In addition to the demonization of migrants, entire segments of national populations are de-legitimized and condemned as the “other”. Too many governments tolerate growing xenophobia and racism, which nurtures regressive and conservative policies. Often many issues are being woven into one story boiled down to “us against them”.
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