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Survey reveals victims of discrimination are too afraid to complain

Survey reveals victims of discrimination are too afraid to complain

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Most people are hesitant due to lack of evidence and fear of losing their jobs, especially if discrimination occurs in the workplace.

Most people are hesitant due to lack of evidence and fear of losing their jobs, especially if discrimination occurs in the workplace.

Demonstration against racism in front of US Embassy in Luxembourg

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People experiencing discrimination in Luxembourg are too scared to file complaints, said a study released Wednesday.

According to research conducted by the Luxembourg Center for Intercultural and Social Studies (CEFIS) and the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER), national authorities rarely take legal action against racial discrimination.

The report cites racism, discrimination against people wearing religious clothing such as the hijab, and prejudice against people who do not speak any of the country’s official languages ​​as examples of discrimination in the country.

Foreigners make up about half of the population of the Grand Duchy, Almost half of non-white adults have experienced racismgovernment figures show.

Two-thirds of survey respondents who claimed to have been victims of discrimination did not file complaints, mainly due to lack of evidence and fear of losing their jobs, especially if discrimination occurred in the workplace. .

Luxembourg plans to meet Harsh punishment for crimes based on race, religion, or sexual orientation Justice Minister Sam Tanson said in June after the EU threatened legal action and the UN criticized the Grand Duchy’s current practices.

The proposed legislation addresses issues raised by the European Commission, launched an infringement lawsuit against Luxembourg last year For “failing to take the steps necessary to effectively criminalize racist and xenophobic hate crimes.”

The EU said last December that “Luxembourg’s legal framework has not established legal provisions to ensure that courts take into account racist and xenophobic motives when determining punishments.” said.

Nearly half of Luxembourg’s 18+ residents are based on skin color (48.3%), lack of knowledge of the official language (48.8%), place of origin (40.4%) and unique cultural characteristics (47.6%) Discrimination is described as “substantial discrimination”. Or very widespread,” the study revealed.

Just under 40% of residents and 44% of Luxembourgians feel racism has increased in recent years, the report said.

More than half of residents believe that punishment for discrimination is insufficient. This feeling is significantly higher among blacks, with 66% saying they don’t have enough.

Last year, racism was the main factor in the majority of cases filed with anti-discrimination groups in Luxembourg, surpassing complaints about disability-based prejudice for the first time. The agency said in its annual report in May.


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