* Special rapporteur on racism, Doudou DiÃ¨ne, himself a dyed in the wool African racist from the UN World
Body Cadaver, cries foul:
His Excellency Doudou DiÃ¨ne, warned earlier this year that a “racist and xenophobic dynamic” which used to be the province of the far right is now becoming a regular part of the democratic system in Switzerland.
* If only!
Proposed Swiss immigration laws show ‘rise of new racism and xenophobia’
Proposals for draconian new laws targeting Switzerland’s immigrants have caused concern over the rise of a new racism in the heart of one of the world’s oldest independent democracies.
The Swiss People’s Party (the Schweizerische Volkspartei or SVP), which has the largest number of seats in the Swiss parliament and is a member of the country’s coalition government, is planning the new measures “For More Security”.
With a general election due next month, it has launched a twofold campaign which has caused the UN’s special rapporteur on racism to ask for an official explanation from the government.
* Get stuffed, Doudou! Go and complain to Mugabe, you hypocritical racist creep!
The party has launched a campaign to raise the 100,000 signatures necessary to force a referendum to reintroduce into the penal code a measure to allow judges to deport foreigners who commit serious crimes once they have served their jail sentence.
But far more dramatically, it has announced its intention to lay before parliament a law allowing the entire family of a criminal under the age of 18 to be deported as soon as sentence is passed.
It will be the first such law in Europe since the Nazi practice of Sippenhaft â€“ kin liability â€“ whereby relatives of criminals were held responsible for their crimes and punished equally.
The proposal will be a test case not just for Switzerland but for the whole of Europe, where a division between liberal multiculturalism and a conservative isolationism is opening up in political discourse in many countries, the UK included.
A poster campaign depicting three white sheep standing on the Swiss flag, with one craftily kicking away a black sheep, has been launched â€“ and plastered on to billboards, into newspapers and posted to every home in a direct mailshot.
The poster is, according to the United Nations, the sinister symbol of the rise of a new racism and xenophobia in a country where one in four, like the black sheep in the poster, are now foreign immigrants to this peaceful, prosperous and stable economy with low unemployment and a per capita GDP larger than that of other Western economies.
ZÃ¼rich has, for the past two years, been named as the city with the best quality of life in the world.
Dr Ulrich SchlÃ¼er, the brains bedhind the poster, is a small affable man. But if he speaks softly he wields a big stick. The statistics are clear, he said, foreigners are four times more likely to commit crimes than Swiss nationals.
“In a suburb of ZÃ¼rich, a group of youths between 14 and 18 recently raped a 13-year-old girl,” he said.
“It turned out that all of them were already under investigation for some previous offence. They were all foreigners from the Balkans or Turkey. Their parents said these boys are out of control.
“We say: ‘That’s not acceptable. It’s your job to control them and if you can’t do that you’ll have to leave’. It’s a punishment everyone understands.”
* Right on, doctor Schluer: make them understand. Deportation is the way!