Monday, February 23, 2015

The fight against anti-Semitism strengthened – Les Echos

The fight against anti-Semitism strengthened – Les Echos

The content of the plan against racism and recently announced Hollande says Semitism


The government is continuing its fight against racism and anti-Semitism. The content of the battle plan outlined by François Hollande in the Shoah Memorial in Paris in late January, after the bloody attack Hyper Hide the door of Vincennes, will be presented next month at the Council of Ministers. The Head of State, as news of recent weeks brings regularly to speak out against anti-Semitism, intends to act on four registers: education, repressive arsenal, republican values ​​and the Internet. Francois Hollande is expected to return Monday night at a dinner Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF).

“The offenses recognized in the public space should able to be in the Internet space, “, said Sunday Christiane Taubira, very mobilized on this issue. The Minister of Justice, who spoke to the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF), indicated that the tools of this transposition were being prepared as part of the digital future draft legislation.

Generalization of “aggravating circumstance of racism”

Minister keeps in mind three other measures already announced. The first is to entrust the administrative authority the power to block sites promoting racial and anti-Semitic hatred. The judges would be excluded from this procedure, raising great concern among providers and social networks operators. “The procedures are now too complex and cumbersome. And this has consequences for impunity on the Internet where the law is not so relevant and proportionate “, laments Sacha Reinggewirtz, President UEJF. In 2014, the League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) recorded 1,728 reports of hate material on the Internet, 25% more in a year. Faced with this onslaught, Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, went last week to ask the big majors of the Internet to take action.

The second provision to the Place Vendome study focuses on the generalization of “aggravating circumstance of racism” to all acts punishable under the Penal Code and not certain offenses. Therefore, a sexual assault or harassment committed for racist or anti-Semitic motive would be more disciplined. Finally, the Department of Justice is working on an output of the press law insults and slanders uttered for purposes of racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. These offenses fall under the Criminal Code, more repressive for those who commit them.


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