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No heroes.
Quotation 630

We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.

— Noam Chomsky

See also:
Feuilleton | Quote | Noam Chomsky | | | | English

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Covid: UNO gegen Sanktionen, Einschüchterung.
Quotation 624 // Klagewelle in Südtirol

Die Vereinten Nationen haben schon im Mai ein kleines Vademecum für den Umgang mit Hassreden im Kontext der Pandemie veröffentlicht.

Die Mitgliedsstaaten werden dort unter anderem auch dazu aufgerufen:

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Uphold the freedom to seek, receive and impart information as a corner-stone of building trust in measures taken to contain the pandemic.

(Die Freiheit, Informationen zu suchen, zu erhalten und zu verbreiten hochzuhalten. Dies ist ein Eckstein, um Vertrauen in die Maßnahmen herzustellen, die zur Eindämmung der Pandemie ergriffen wurden.)

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Ensuring the safety of journalists and the protection of sources, including that journalists and whistle-blowers who have raised legitimate concerns about COVID-19 and responses to it do not face criminal prosecution, civil penalties, intimidation or harassment

(Die Sicherheit von Journalistinnen sowie den Quellenschutz zu gewährleisten. Dies schließt ein, dass Journalistinnen und Whistleblower, die legitime Sorgen über Covid-19 und die dagegen ergriffenen Maßnahmen geäußert haben, nicht mit strafrechtlicher Verfolgung, zivilrechtlichen Sanktionen, Einschüchterung oder Schikane konfrontiert werden.)

Deutsche Übersetzung:

Irgendwas davon scheint in Südtirol nicht angekommen zu sein:

Siehe auch:
Gesundheit Medien Publikationen Recht Repression Transparenz | Coronavirus Quote | Christoph Franceschini Florian Zerzer Paul Köllensperger | Salto | Südtirol/o | Sabes UNO | Deutsch English

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Was ist eine Minderheit?

Als ich mir neulich den Bericht des UN-Sonderberichterstatters betreffend Minderheiten über seinen Spanienbesuch von der Homepage der Vereinten Nationen geladen habe, bin ich auch auf die dort hinterlegte Definition einer Minderheit gestoßen:

Concept of a minority: mandate definition

An ethnic, religious or linguistic minority is any group of persons which constitutes less than half of the population in the entire territory of a State whose members share common characteristics of culture, religion or language, or a combination of any of these. A person can freely belong to an ethnic, religious or linguistic minority without any requirement of citizenship, residence, official recognition or any other status.

Clarifications on who is a member of a minority

Following mainly the Human Rights Committee jurisprudence, additional elements as to who is a member of a minority can be summarized as follows:

(a) Indigenous peoples may constitute linguistic, religious or ethnic minorities in the States in which they find themselves. Both are not mutually exclusive, nor undermine any applicable rights as a minority or indigenous people.

(b) The “territory” to consider in determining whether or not a group is a linguistic, religious or ethnic minority is the entire territory of a State, and not one of its political or territorial subunits;

(c) One of the main objective criteria for determining whether a group is a minority in a State is a numerical one. A minority in the territory of a State means it is not the majority. Objectively, that means that an ethnic, religious or linguistic group makes up less than half the population of a country.

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The absence of consistency in understanding who is a minority is a recurring stumbling block to the full and effective realization of the human rights of minorities. Different United Nations entities may contradict one another because they consider different groups of persons as constituting a minority – and exclude certain persons as ‘not being members of a real minority’ for different, sometimes ad hoc, reasons. States Members of the United Nations may at times hesitate to engage on matters relating to minorities because of uncertainties as to who is a minority and what that entails. In some countries, there may be even the assumption that the absence of a “definition” means it is left to each State to determine freely who is or is not a minority. In most of these situations, the uncertainty leads to restrictive approaches: in many situations, persons are deemed to be “undeserving” because they are not “traditional” minorities, not citizens or not sufficiently “dominated”. The end result is that some minorities are excluded because they are not the “right kind” of minority according to different parties.

Sowohl die Mandatsdefinition selbst, als auch Punkt (b) der darauffolgenden Klärung lassen keinen Zweifel aufkommen, dass das Gebiet, das zur Definition einer Minderheit heranzuziehen ist, stets jenes des Gesamtstaates und nicht jenes einer seiner Glieder (Regionen, Länder, Gemeinden etc.) ist. Etwas anderes wäre auch abwegig, weil zwar unbestritten ist, dass die italienische Sprachgruppe etwa in Urtijëi in der Minderzahl ist, aber ebenso klar sein muss, dass dies nicht dazu führen darf, dass die staatliche Mehrheitsgemeinschaft in jener Gemeinde als schutzbedürftig eingestuft wird. Andernfalls würde man den Minderheitenschutz ad absurdum führen.

Obschon dies evident sein und keiner gesonderten Betrachtung bedürfen sollte, ist die Auffassung, dass die nationale Mehrheit in Südtirol und in den meisten seiner Gemeinden »die eigentliche Minderheit« ist, immer wieder zu vernehmen — auch von Menschen, die es  besser wissen sollten. Ihnen sei die obige Definition ans Herz gelegt.

Siehe auch:
Cultura Lingaz Minderheitenschutz | Zitać | | | Ladinia Südtirol/o | UNO | Deutsch English

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Corona: Kanada erhebt Sprachmissstände.

Im Zuge der Corona-Pandemie war es in Kanada zu Missachtungen der Sprachrechte gekommen — in einem Ausmaß, das in Südtirol noch niemanden hinter dem Ofen hervorlocken würde. So wurden etwa aus den USA Desinfektionsmittel importiert, die nur auf Englisch (und nicht wie vorgeschrieben auch auf Französisch) etikettiert waren. Premier Justin Trudeau hatte sich für diesen Missstand bereits entschuldigt.

Dennoch — oder gerade deshalb — hat das Büro des kanadischen Sprachgaranten (Commissioner of Official Languages) nun eine Untersuchung eingeleitet, um das reale Ausmaß der Missstände zu erfassen, aufzuarbeiten und Lösungen für künftige Krisenfälle vorzubereiten.

Die Unverzichtbarkeit von mehrsprachiger Kommunikation auch und gerade in Notsituationen hatte der Garant schon im März betont.

Der nun freigeschaltete Online-Fragebogen, der Teil der Untersuchung ist, glänzt durch Prägnanz:

In wenigen Schritten können Bürgerinnen ihre wichtigsten Anliegen sowie Kritik zum Ausdruck bringen.  Schon ganz am Anfang wird zudem auf die Möglichkeit hingewiesen, eine förmliche Beschwerde einzulegen.

So sieht zeitgemäße Sprachpolitik aus, die die Grundrechte und Sorgen der Bevölkerung ernstnimmt und auf sie eingeht. In Südtirol wird auf wesentlich größere Missstände leider noch zu oft mit einem gleichgültigen Schulterzucken reagiert.

Siehe auch:
Comparatio Grundrechte Plurilinguismo Politik Recht Service Public Umfrage+Statistik | Best Practices Coronavirus Good News Packungsbeilagen | | | Canada Südtirol/o | | Deutsch English

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As statues fall, a new history is remembered.
Quotation 611

History is not being erased by those seeking to topple the statues of slavers and murderous white supremacists; it is being remembered. That is the real sin as far as the protesters’ detractors are concerned.

What protesters are doing on both sides of the Atlantic is compelling entire nations to confront their present through a new understanding of their past. Our new history teachers are explaining that the vast wealth of western societies – unjustly concentrated in so few hands as it is – was generated through slavery, colonial violence and theft. This oppression required the dehumanisation of the populations who suffered the consequences – its legacy is the embedding of racism in institutions and entire societies.

As more statues fall, a new history is remembered – each one casting a disturbing new light on the present. Understanding this threatens our iniquitous status quo – that is what detractors truly fear, not the toppling of bygone racist tyrants.

excerpted from Owen Jones‘ opinion (The Guardian, 11 june 2020)

See also:
Geschichte Medien Politik Racism Ungehorsam+Widerstand Wirtschaft+Finanzen | Geschichtsaufarbeitung Quote | | The Guardian | United Kingdom USA | | English

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Society is a Contract.
Quotation 607 // Black lives matter

I saw so many people online saying: „These riots are disgusting, this is not how a society should be run. You do not loot and you do not burn and you do not… this is not how our society is built.“ And that actually triggered something in me, where I was like: man, okay… society, but what is society?

And fundamentally, when you boil it down, society is a contract. It’s a contract that we sign as human beings amongst each other. We sign a contract with each other as people, whether it’s spoken or unspoken, and we say: „Amongst this group of us, we agree in common rules, common ideals and common practices that are going to define us as a group.“ That’s what I think a society is, it’s a contract. And, as with most contracts, the contract is only as strong as the people who are abiding by it.

But if you think of being a black person in America, who is living in Minneapolis or Minnesota or any place where you’re not having a good time — ask yourself this question when you watch those people: What vested interest do they have in maintaining the contract?

Why don’t we all loot? Why doesn’t everybody take…? Because we’ve agreed on things. There are so many people who are starving out there, there are so many people who don’t have. There are people who are destitute, there are people who, when the [Corona] virus hit, and they don’t have a second paycheck, are already broke, which is insane, but that’s the reality.

But still, think about […] the have-nots say: „You know what, I’m still gonna play by the rules, even though I have nothing, because I still wish for the society to work and exist.“ And then, some members of that society, namely black American people, watch time and time again how the contract they have signed with society is not being honored by the society that has forced to sign it with them.

When you watch Ahmad Aubery being shot and you hear that those men have been released and, were it not for the video and the outrage, those people would be living their lives, what part of the contract is that in society?

When you see George Floyd on the ground and you see a man losing his life in a way that no person should ever have to lose their life at the hands of someone who is supposed to enforce the law, what part of the contract is that?

And a lot of people say: „Well, what good does this do?“ Yeah, but what good doesn’t it do? That’s the question people don’t ask the other way around. What good does it do to loot Target [shops]? What does it, how does it help you to loot Target? Yeah, but how does it help you to not loot Target? Answer that question. Beacause the only reason you didn’t loot Target before was because you were upholding society’s contract. There is no contract if law and people in power don’t uphold their end of it.

It’s the same way we tell parents to set an example for their kids, the same way we tell captains or coaches to set an example for their players, the same way you tell teachers to set an example for their students. The reason we do that is because we understand in society that if you lead by example, there is a good chance that people will follow that example that you have set. And so, if the example law enforcement is setting is that they do not adhere to the laws, then why should the citizens of that society adhere to the laws when, in fact, the law enforcers themselves don’t?

When Colin Kaepernick kneels, they say: „This is not the right way to protest.“ When Martin Luther King had children as part of his protests in Birmingham, Alabama, people said: „Having children at your protest is not the right way to do things.“ When he marched in Selma people said: „This is not the right way to do things.“ When people marched through the streets in South Africa during apartheid they said: „This is not the right way to do things.“ When people burn things, they say it’s not… it’s never the right way because there’s never a right way to protest, and I’ve said this before, there is no right way to protest because that’s what protest is. It cannot be right because you are protesting against a thing that is stopping you.

Trevor Noah (excerpted from here)

See also:
Grundrechte Politik Polizei Racism Repression Soziales Ungehorsam+Widerstand | Coronavirus Quote | | | Afrika USA | | English

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Demokratieindex 2019.
Schelte für Spanien, Italien steigt weiter ab

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) hat den neuen Demokratieindex für 2019 veröffentlicht. Diesmal wurden 22 der wiederum 167 analysierten Staaten als vollwertige Demokratien eingestuft, zwei mehr als vor einem Jahr. Es sind dies Norwegen, Island, Schweden, Neuseeland, Finnland, Irland, Dänemark, Kanada, Australien, Schweiz, Niederlande, Luxemburg, Deutschland, Vereinigtes Königreich, Uruguay, Österreich, Spanien, Mauritius, Costa Rica, Frankreich, Chile und Portugal.

In der Spitzengruppe befinden sich 15 europäische und zwölf Staaten mit weniger als 10 Millionen Einwohnerinnen.

Obschon Spanien erneut als vollwertige Demokratie eingestuft wird, urteilt die Intelligence Unit:

In Spain, the sentencing by the Supreme Court in October 2019 of nine Catalan separatist leaders to prison terms of between nine and 13 years for their role in the region’s failed independence campaign in 2017 provoked widespread condemnation and mass demonstrations in Catalonia. The court acquitted all nine accused of the charge of violent rebellion but convicted them of charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience. Although the sentencing complied with the letter of the law, the long prison terms for elected politicians on charges such as sedition were not in the spirit of democracy. With their excessively legalistic response to dealing with the Catalan question the Spanish authorities have shown a lack of confidence in addressing the issue through political dialogue and open debate, weakening their democratic credentials in the process. These deficiencies were already captured in a decline in Spain’s score in 2017-18. The very modest improvement in its score in the 2019 Democracy Index reflects an improvement in relation to one question concerning local elections, which were held in May 2019 and were deemed to have been free and fair.

Hervorhebung von mir.

Das ist eine beeindruckende Schelte für die Judizialisierung der Selbstbestimmungsbestrebungen.

Italien wird weiterhin zu den unvollständigen Demokratien gezählt, steigt aber im Ranking — von Platz 33 auf 35 — weiter ab. Seit Erhebungsbeginn 2006 hatte das Land noch nie so wenige Punkte.

In Westeuropa fallen nur Malta, Belgien, Zypern und Griechenland ebenfalls in die Kategorie der unvollständigen Demokratien.

Siehe auch:
Democrazia Kleinstaaten Politik Publikationen Recht Repression Selbstbestimmung Umfrage+Statistik Wissenschaft | Good News Referendum 1-O 2017 Zitać | | The Economist | Belgien Canada Catalunya Deutschland Finnland-Suomi France Griechenland Irland Island Italy Lëtzebuerg Malta Niederlande Oceania Österreich Spanien Svizra United Kingdom Zypern | | Deutsch English

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Europe is for exigents.
Quotation 588

Dear colleagues, when we ask ourselves about the future of Europe, the first thing to solve is: which role should we give to citizens? If we don’t solve it, in a few years, with other MEPs, the same debate will have to take place and it will be a defeat. Do we want to be uninterested, passive, distant? Or, on the contrary, do we want that their voices really count and they can participate directly in European democracy? I not only refer to the elections of members [of EU Parliament] and senior positions, but to habilitate mechanisms in order to participate in debates and decision taking. We must update the governance of our democracy. The insatisfaction that runs through Europe only benefits europhobic populisms — there is a real basis that justifies that insatisfaction. The alternative cannot be the temptation of euroscepticism, the future of Europe is not for conformists or sceptics, but [for] exigents.

Carles Puigdemont (PDeCAT/JxC), European Parliament, 15th january 2020

See also:
Democrazia Mitbestimmung Politik | Quote | Carles Puigdemont | | Europa | EU EU-Parlament JxCat PDeCAT | English