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Council of Europe condemns racist slurs against Kyenge

'Authorities must take more aggressive action'

Council of Europe condemns racist slurs against Kyenge

Strasbourg, May 3 - The human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe on Friday condemned the racist and sexist attacks against Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge since being sworn in last weekend. "These most recent events confirm on one hand the urgency to face the issue, and on the other hand that authorities must take more effective measures to fight them," Nils Muiznieks said in a statement to ANSA. Kyenge, a 48-year-old doctor born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been the victim of several slurs from a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League and anonymous racists since becoming Italy's first black minister. On Friday, Kyenge said Italy is not a racist country, but it lacks a "consciousness of others". Muiznieks said "the issue of racism has long been a problem in Italy. "The authorities need to send a signal that clearly shows that this type of verbal attack cannot exist in a democratic society, because it underlines its very essence".

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