Manifesto launched for a "diverse Switzerland"

The Federal Commission against Racism has launched a manifesto in the city of Biel that encourages projects aimed at integration, acceptance and respect.

This content was published on August 22, 2009 - 16:36

Businesses, towns, administration services, political parties and unions are among the first signatories of the document.

They commit themselves over the next two years to support projects aiming to promote cultural diversity.

"The fight against racism is one of my core convictions," commented Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin at the launch ceremony. "By opening up to others, we enrich the country," he said.

The president of the Commission, Georg Kreis, said it was essential for such a manifesto to be made public.

"Words often have less value than action, and that's why this manifesto also expects action," he said.

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