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Le Soir - Belgium | 28/10/2015

Exodus to Europe: State must not fuel fears

Belgian national conservative Interior Minister Jan Jambon proposed on Tuesday that asylum seekers in reception centres should wear electronic badges with information on their identities. This is one of numerous counter-productive and absurd measures that are exacerbating the refugee crisis, writes François De Smet, director of the Belgian migration centre Myria,in the liberal daily Le Soir: "The state's responsibility is not limited to giving asylum seekers 'bread, a bed and a shower'. It also includes doing everything possible to improve cooperation between the local population and the asylum seekers and recognised refugees. It also involves refraining from spreading fear among the local population, which would only increase hostility and create barriers to integration. In short, it is high time for all of us to stop being afraid."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 02/05/2006

De Smet and the racist ideology of revisionism

François de Smet, the vice president of the Brussels-based Movement against racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia (MRAX), asserts that revisionism is one of the worst forms of racism. "A genocide is a massacre unlike any other because it is the product of a deliberately planned policy to exterminate a people, and is therefore always based on a xenophobic ideology. One cannot fight racism without a constant reminder of what it leads to in its terminal phase: the physical annihilation of the other because he is the other. This is why revisionism amounts to a legitimate restriction on freedom of expression: by allowing someone, in the future, to freely accept or deny the existence of the genocide of the Jews, Tutsis and Armenians inevitably helps justify, indirectly, the ideology that allowed these massacres to occur."

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