Thursday, January 27

Catalonia prepares a law against racism

The Executive Council has approved this Tuesday the preliminary memory of the draft law against racism, promoted by the Department of Equality and Feminisms. It is a norm that will combat the different forms and expressions of racism, such as anti-Gypsyism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and other forms of ethnic-racial discrimination. The law will address racism in a comprehensive way, including both structural and institutional racism that can be exercised by the public powers themselves. In this way, we want to apply the anti-racist perspective in all public policies and at all levels of the administration.

The development of a specific law that addresses racism as a systemic phenomenon, taking into account its causes and consequences, will comply with a European directive of the year 2000 on the application of the principle of equal treatment of people regardless of their racial origin. or ethnic, and will incorporate the priorities and actions included in the Action Plan for Anti-racism of the European Union 2020-2025. The law wants to eradicate the multiple forms of inequality, discrimination and ethnic-racial violence that affect racialized and migrant people in Catalonia.

According to the SOS Racism annual report for 2020, 182 situations of racism were identified in this community, of which only 99 were reported as a violation of rights with racist motivation. The same year, the Fundación Secretariado Gitano included in its registry 633 cases of discrimination and anti-Gypsyism, and the Observatory of Islamophobia in Catalonia, 19 cases of Islamophobia and 15 cases of personal abuse. In addition, reports from international human rights organizations such as the FRA (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) in 2020 denounce the persistence of racism and the rise of far-right ideology throughout the European Union as well as an increase in speeches and hate crimes for racist reasons.

The Government has opened a public period of prior consultation of the law for three and a half months in which, apart from digital media such as the Participa.gencat portal or the use of instant messaging applications, face-to-face meetings will be organized for the entire territory Catalan in this initial phase of the drafting of the law. Questionnaires translated into different languages ​​will be provided to ensure the participation of all citizens. With these contributions the bill will be drafted.