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Bern, Press release, 07.11.2011

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) regularly examines the religious landscape of its member States. In this way, it remains informed about efforts to prevent intolerance and discrimination against religious minorities. Three OSCE representatives to promote tolerance will visit Switzerland from 7 to 9 November 2011.

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Department of Home Affairs have jointly elaborated a programme for the OSCE representatives to visit Bern and Neuchâtel. The programme will enable them to gain a better understanding of Switzerland's religious landscape and to obtain a comprehensive overview of Switzerland's efforts to prevent intolerance and discrimination against religious groups. 

During their visit, the OSCE representatives will meet with, among others, representatives of the Conference of Cantonal Governments, the canton of Neuchâtel, the Swiss Federal Commission against Racism, the Swiss Federal Commission for Migration Affairs, the Swiss Competence Centre for Human Rights, the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities, the National Research Programme 58 (on religious communities, the state and society), the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Lucerne, the Swiss Council of Religions, and the federal authorities. 

The Chairperson-in-Office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) appoints three personal representatives on issues of tolerance and non-discrimination. Their remits cover anti-Semitism (Rabbi Andrew Baker), discrimination against Christians and other forms of discrimination (Dr Massimo Introvigne), and intolerance against Muslims (Ambassador Adil Akhmetov).

For enquiries about the fight against discrimination in Switzerland:
Michele Galizia, head of the Federal Service for Combating Racism, GS-FDHA
+41 79 367 08 03

For enquiries about Switzerland's participation in OSCE activities:
FDFA Information
+41 31 322 31 53 

To contact the OSCE tolerance representative:
Timur Sultangozhin, Associate Programme Officer for "Tolerance and Non-Discrimination", OSCE/ODIHR
+48 695 808 812
timur.sultangozhin@odihr.pl  


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