Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
TRIESTE

Kyenge shows appreciation for UN stance on racial slurs

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Trieste, July 19 - Italy's first black minister
expressed her appreciation of the United Nations' Friday for
slamming a recent description of her by a leading Italian
politician in which she was likened to an orangutan.
"There are norms, there are penalties, there are a series
of regulations and laws also to protect those who work in public
office. I believe we also need to give ourselves these rules,"
said Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge.
The United Nations on Friday said it was "absolutely
shocking" that Deputy Senate Speaker Roberto Calderoli had
likened Kyenge to an orangutan.
Since insulting Kyenge over the weekend, Calderoli has been
pressured to resign by politicians from both the right and the
left.
But his own party, the anti-immigrant Northern League, has
rallied around him, chiding critics for what they regard as a
lack of a sense of humor.
Prosecutors are investigating Calderoli for aggravated
defamation and incitement of racial hatred.
While he is only the latest member of the League to make
racial slurs against Congolese-born Kyenge since her appointment
in April, he is the highest profile, having served as a minister
in a government of three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi.

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