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Green Commitment to Counter Right-Wing Extremism and Racism

  • Proposed by: Australian Greens
  • Adopted by the 4th Global Greens Congress, Liverpool 2017

Preamble:

The Global Greens:

  1. Affirm our commitment to cultural diversity and to non-discriminatory immigration policies within nations and communities,
  2. Recognise and value the contribution that migrants and diverse communities bring to all countries and communities;
  3. Oppose all expressions of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism; and
  4. Oppose all anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and action.

Operative Text:

The Global Greens:

Resolve to publicly stand up to right-wing populism and all expressions of racism, and to work for the following:

  1. That all countries be inclusive communities that welcome all people of diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  2. That all countries fully respect the UN Refugee Convention.
  3. That countries implement proven, successful models of racism prevention programs;
  4. That adequately resourced settlement and social inclusion services be made available to refugee and migrant populations;
  5. That Cross-cultural training to be made available for government staff;
  6. Laws that fully implement the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and
  7. The improvement of public discourse about matters of ‘race’, colour, national or ethnic origin, culture, religious belief or sexual orientation.

Background Text:

This serves as a reference material and will not be voted on as part of the Resolution Right-wing populism is resurgent in many western democracies. Energised particularly by Islamophobia, anti-refugee sentiment and racism, right-wing populism won significant electoral victories in 2016 in the United States (with the election of Donald Trump as President) and Britain (with Brexit). In 2017 right-wing populists will mount significant challenges in elections in France, the Netherlands, Norway and Germany.

Growing inequality has established the economic base for the populist resurgence, and social media with its online echo chambers has provided the vehicle. Right-wing populism often presents an isolationist/protectionist policy alternative to neoliberalism and globalisation, but its policies and electoral messaging are also deeply racist.

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