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The forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue issues study entitled “Discrimination against refugees because of color and how to deal with it”

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Thursday , July 9 , 2020

The forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD)on Thursday released a study entitled “Discrimination against refugees because of color and how to confront it”  

The study drew attention to the discrimination that occurs when a person cannot enjoy his or her human rights or other legal rights based on equality with others because of unjustified discrimination, whether in politics, law, or treatment.

The study stated that the work of human rights organizations was rooted in the entrenchment of the principle of non-discrimination. We must therefore reject discriminatory laws and practices to ensure that all human beings enjoy their rights on equal grounds.

The study found that discrimination can take multiple forms:   direct discrimination, which occurs when there is explicit discrimination between groups of people, resulting in individuals in some groups becoming less able than others to exercise their rights.   Indirect discrimination:  It occurs when a law, policy, or practice is developed in a neutral form (i.e., without explicit discrimination) but involves disproportionately alienation to a specific category or categories. Multifaceted discrimination:  When several forms of discrimination come together and cause greater harm to a particular group or group.

The study also drew attention to discrimination and bullying against children because of color in Egypt, where it indicated that there is discrimination suffered by refugee children from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopians, and other African countries because of the color of their skin.   Works of art and social media channels are full of racist attitudes.

The study also mentioned how to address discrimination against refugees because of color,  stating that racial discrimination could be addressed from the entrance to international obligations, particularly with regard to the application and respect of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of  Racial Discrimination adopted in 1965,  which came into force 50 years ago to completely and perfectly,  in  January 1969,  including a policy to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms and to achieve equality between human beings, not just to refrain from “acts or practices of racial discrimination”.

Also, addressing the concept of “Africans” as a change, considering Egyptians as one thing and Africans as another. The obvious fact is that Egyptians are Africans absent from many of them.

The policy of eliminating racial discrimination, which is morally and in reform, must be based on a change in the perception of Africa as divided into two while contributing to this change.

The study concluded by saying that such a policy could be shaped by measures in education, communication, international cooperation, civil society, and others, which could complement foreign policy actions in the gradual elimination of racism in society.

The study provided some examples of those measures that must be followed to eliminate racial discrimination, such as measures in educational policy from primary to secondary school,  where Arabic language courses and social sciences should include the concepts of equality, combating discrimination, concern for Africa, its geography and history, and in higher education, itis necessary to consider establishing and combating studies of racism, on the one hand and expanding African studies, on the other.

Training courses can also be held for young and less young journalists in combating racism and in identifying their African continent. The policy of international cooperation could significantly increase the number of African students in Egyptian universities. Sending Egyptian students and professors there to get to know African academic circles and contribute to their activities can be contributed by the policy of international cooperation

Other areas can be discussed. Civil society policy should encourage Egyptian NGOs to act for humanitarian and development purposes in various regions of the continent.

It is humanitarian and development actions that will create human relations between Egyptians and their continents, fighting racism and contributing to the goals of African politics for Egypt. Politics and security are the goals, but the effective means are humanitarian and development action.

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