Combating discrimination, promoting mutual respect and understanding to be focus of high-level OSCE meeting in Bucharest

Other News Materials 30 May 2007 15:32 (UTC +04:00)

( OSCE ) - How to best combat discrimination and promote mutual respect and understanding is the focus as top officials from the 56 OSCE participating States gather for a two-day meeting 7-8 June in Bucharest.

Panel sessions of the High-Level Conference on Combating Discrimination and Promoting Mutual Respect and Understanding cover topics such as anti-Semitism; discrimination against Muslims, and racism, xenophobia and discrimination, also focusing on intolerance and discrimination against Christians and members of other religions.

Legislation, education and addressing racist, xenophobic and discriminatory public discourse spread through the media, Internet, television and textbooks, while respecting freedom of expression, will also be discussed.

The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, will speak at the opening ceremony, set to start at 9 a.m. on 7 June in the Palace of the Parliament. Romanian President Traian Basescu will also address the opening ceremony.