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Rise in racist abuse reported

Reported cases of racism against blacks and Muslims went up in Switzerland in 2010.

This content was published on June 20, 2011 - 09:57
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Incidents mainly happened in public areas, at work and in contact with the police, according to the 2010 report by the Federal Commission against Racism and the non-governmental humanrights.ch.

It mainly took the form of verbal abuse.

“It is striking how often those accused were in socio-economic positions of power and used this position, directly or indirectly against the victims,” the report says.

Those affected came from a wide range of backgrounds, and were both Swiss and immigrants.

Not all abuse is reported and the real figure is believed to be much higher, the report says.

The report calls on cantons to improve measures protecting people against discrimination.

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