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Tolerance through surveillance

November 2013

Governments must use surveillance to monitor and prevent actions of intolerance and violence, the European Parliament has heard.
    In September, a proposed framework national statute for the promotion of tolerance was presented to members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at the European Parliament.
    According to the proposals from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, the draft framework called for direct surveillance of supposedly intolerant behaviour of individual citizens and groups by governmental bodies.
    The authors, Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president of Poland, and Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, created the policy proposal on behalf of the NGO, but critics have suggested that it would not only create double standards on the issue of tolerance, but also severely limit freedom of speech and expression.

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