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Kyenge says anti-racism action plan set for November

30/07/2013

'Time to apply laws on the books' says integration minister

Kyenge says anti-racism action plan set for November

(see related) Rome, July 30 - The government in November will review a national action plan against racism and intolerance prepared by Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, the same minister said Tuesday. "The plan we're working on comes from requests from civil society," said Kyenge, who is collaborating with Junior Minister Cecilia Guerra on the project. "Given recent acts of racism and violence, I believe it's time to apply legislative measures that already exist and, if necessary, to reinforce them. "Before making new laws, let's start applying the ones we have". Since her appointment in April, the Congolese-born minister has been the victim of repeated outbursts of racism, especially by members of the anti-immigrant Northern League. Earlier Tuesday Kyenge called on the party's leader, Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni, to forcefully condemn the slurs against her, which by now she finds "intolerable".