Jewish community outraged by Hungarian court rejection of hate speech amendments

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The Federation of Jewish communities in Hungary called “outrageous” a ruling by the Hungarian Constitutional Court rejecting Socialist-initiated amendments of the country’s hate speech bill. The court, which called the amendments “unconstitutional”, said Monday in a statement that they would cause the curtailing of freedom of expression. (…) The Hungarian Parliament passed two amendments concerning hate speech with the sole support of the Socialist faction. According to the first amendment, passed in November 2007, the civil code on hate speech would enable legal action even if someone’s human rights are hurt, not personally but by expressions directed at a group to which the person belongs. Passed in February, the amendment of the penal code foresaw a maximum two-year prison sentence for anyone who uses inflamatory expressions about specific ethnic groups or offends their dignity.

Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups Place Ads in The New York Times

Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups Place Ads in The New York Times | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center

Next time you find yourself stuck in traffic miles from work—or school or home or daycare—don’t blame poor urban planning, low carpooling rates or inadequate public transportation. Blame immigrants. That’s right, according to high-profile ads placed this month in The New York Times and The Nation by a new front group for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and two other anti-immigrant hate groups. The ads, which are based on dubious statistical analysis, claim that an immigration-fueled population boom will dramatically worsen traffic congestion and destroy pristine lands. FAIR traffic adOne ad shows a four-lane highway clogged with vehicles above the caption, “One of America’s Most Popular Pastimes.” The other depicts a bulldozer clearing forest above the words, “One of America’s Best Selling Vehicles.”

Ex-Cop Linked To Aryan Nations Gets 52 Months For Bomb Making

Ex-Cop Linked To Aryan Nations Gets 52 Months For Bomb Making | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center

The “Hapless neo-Nazi of the Month” award goes to Paul Anthony Palmer, Jr.. The former Pittsburgh police officer was sentenced June 20 to 52 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing an unregistered explosive device—namely the homemade bomb that blew off Palmer’s left hand last May. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police responded to Palmer’s mobile home park after neighbors called 911 to report a “kaboom type” explosion. When officers arrived, the Post-Gazette reported, “They found that windows had been blown out of the trailer, and an awning ripped off. Mr. Palmer was sitting on a step out front with singed hair, burns to his upper chest and a severely damaged left hand, which later had to be amputated.” In conducting a search of the premises, investigators found “numerous components for improvised explosive devices, including tubes, black powder, red phosphorous and a green pyrotechnic fuse.” They also discovered a large amount of white supremacist literature, including 15 Aryan Nations pamphlets and two flags bearing the neo-Nazi organization’s insignia. Investigators further noted that Palmer had several Aryan Nations tattoos.

Neo-Nazi Murdered Homeless Person in Udmurtiya Village

Union of Councils for Soviet Jews: Neo-Nazi Murdered Homeless Person in Udmurtiya Village

Police in the village of Uva, Russia (Republic of Udmurtiya) detained a neo-Nazi in connection with the murder of a homeless person, according to a June 24, 2008 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. The killing took place on May 28. The body of the 45 year old victim was found at a stadium; he had been beaten to death. Police detained a 20 year old suspect.

Plzeň town hall clerk contributes to neo-Nazi websites

Plzeň town hall clerk contributes to neo-Nazi websites – Prague Daily Monitor – 30.06.2008

A Plzen Town Hall employee has sent anonymous contributions to the websites of some ultra-right organisations from an office computer but he has been uncovered and immediately dismissed, Plzen Mayor Pavel Roedl (senior ruling Civic Democrats, ODS) told CTK Friday. The case will be handed to the police, Roedl said. “After we have been alerted to the fact we have checked it through our information technology administration. We have uncovered both a person and the computer from which e-mail messages were sent,” Roedl said. According to lawyers, the sending of about 20 e-mail messages to extremist websites could be an illegal act and the Town Hall will thus file a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator, he said.

Russia Charges Gang With 20 Racist Murders

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The 32 attacks were inspired by `racial and national hatred` and took place over eight months, starting last August. Russian prosecutors said on Monday they had charged a gang led by two teenagers of murdering 20 people in a series of racist killings over eight months. Prosecutors said they had brought charges against nine people aged between 17 and 22, including a young woman, aged 22, who recorded one attack. “She videotaped the first crime committed by the group. The wounded person survived at the time,” Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee at the Prosecutor General’s office, said in a statement. “Lone citizens of non-Slavic appearance were chosen as victims. The assailants attempted to inflict grevious bodily harm within the shortest possible period of time.” “Investigators … accuse the members of the group of 20 cases of murder and 12 attempted murders,” said Markin. The accused have not yet been tried. The statement described the gang as skinheads, a term commonly used in Russia to describe young, far-right extremists who often have shaven heads and wear Nazi-style insignia. The 32 attacks were inspired by “racial and national hatred” and took place over eight months, starting last August, Markin said. The two leaders of the group were under 16 years of age when committing the crimes.

siehe auch: Russia gang ‘faces murder charge’. Russian prosecutors say they are ready to charge a group of skinhead youths with more than 20 racially motivated murders and 12 attempted murders. Prosecutors say the nine accused, all aged 17 to 22, belonged to an illegal far-right group which sought out non-slavic looking people to attack.

Country’s first-ever gay parade clashes with extremists

Country’s first-ever gay parade clashes with extremists – 30-06-2008 14:02 UTC – Radio Prague
The first-ever gay parade in the Czech Republic took to the streets of Brno on Saturday, despite threats by neo-Nazi and other extremist groups. Even a heavy police presence at the march failed to prevent attacks by anti-gay protesters who shouted insults and even threw tear gas at marching gay rights activists. Around 500 gay, lesbian and bisexual rights activists took to the streets of the Moravian city of Brno on Saturday for the Czech Republic’s first-ever gay march going under the name of Queer Parade. The event started at Brno’s central Náměstí Svobody square where the activists and several thousand on-lookers gathered for a concert. An hour later, the Queer Parade got underway in the city centre. But, despite a police presence, the organizers were forced to take a shorter route due to threats by neo-Nazis and other extremist groups who tried to block the march and even attacked its participants with tear gas.

Hungarian youths arrested in Slovakia for displaying symbols of tyranny

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Slovak police arrested a group of young Hungarians in Komarno, a border town, on Sunday for displaying banned symbols of tyranny. The youngsters, apparently eight to ten in number, set up a campsite by the Danube at Komarno, where they waved a banner displaying the Nazi swastika along with the Hungarian coat-of-arms, as they took pictures of one another.

siehe auch: Police in Slovakia Catch Nazi Extremists.  Slovak police caught in Komarno (a border town with Hungary) at the weekend’s night about 20 young men suspected to promote and propagandize the radical groups oriented to oppression of basic human rights. Among other arrested there were 9 Hungarian citizens. The police noticed a group of people who were behaving abusively and publicly demonstrated fascist symbols. During the inspection police found various skinhead and nazist emblems, signs and symbols.

Council of Europe blasts Italy over Roma fingerprinting

EurActiv.com – Council of Europe blasts Italy over Roma fingerprinting | EU – European Information on Migration & Mobility

Europe’s human rights watchdog has issued an unusually strong-worded statement hinting that a plan by the Italian authorities to fingerprint Roma amounts to fascism. Although Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, who is the leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, does not consider his plans for a census of the Roma in Italy based on fingerprinting to be discriminatory, the oldest European institution, which specialises in human rights, sees it differently. “This proposal invites historical analogies which are so obvious that they do not even have to be spelled out,” Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis said in a written statement. (…) The minister’s proposals have also been attacked internally in Italy. A Centrist opposition leader, Pier Ferdinando Casini, called them “racist”. Human rights groups also strongly condemned Italy’s plan to fingerprint Roma. But an unscientific TV poll showed Maroni’s plans to better control the Roma had the overwhelming support of 80% of the Italians.  Luciano Scagliotti from the Italian section of the European Network Against Racism told EurActiv that a law or a measure based on ethnic belonging can have far-reaching consequences.  “It’s a violation not only of general principles [but also] a violation of European Treaties, so it cannot be acceptable,” he said. “It is exactly the same like the Nazi Germany census of the Jewish in 1938,” he further elaborated.

Gay pride draws thousands in Europe

Gay pride draws thousands in Europe – SBS World News Australia

Thousands of people across Europe have taken part in Gay Pride events. Thousands of people across Europe have taken part in Gay Pride events, with some countries in Eastern Europe seeing gatherings of gays and lesbians for the first time. At least 20 people were injured when the Czech Republic’s first ever Gay Pride parade was attacked by right wing extremists armed with tear gas even before the event was due to begin in the city of Brno. Three people were arrested when counter-demonstrators threw fireworks at the gathering of lesbians and gays in which an estimated 500 were to participate. With calls in the internet for resistance to the “queer parade”, more than 200 police were present during the planned event. Local news media reported the presence of 150 aggressive counter-demonstrators and hundreds of onlookers. Among the supporters of the parade were Czech minister of human rights and minorities Dzamila Stehlikova and tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Czech same-sex unions have enjoyed official recognition since 2006.