Chilean attacked in Poland after being mistaken for Arab

WARSAW, Poland -- A top Polish human rights official is encouraging people to attend a concert Monday in support of a Chilean pianist who was recently beaten by skinheads who mistook him for an Arab.

See Full Article

The attack occurred amid a rise in Islamophobia in Poland even though the country has not yet taken in any of the Muslim migrants who began arriving in Europe last year in large numbers. Dozens of Syrian Christians were granted asylum in Poland last year, though most left quickly for Western Europe. Last year Poland pledged to take up to 7,000 migrants though only a fraction of those are expected this year.

Poland's Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar, is calling on people to attend a concert Monday evening in Warsaw to show solidarity with Christiano Ramos, the Chilean who was attacked recently on a train near Warsaw.

Ramos, who has lived in Poland for many years, lost a tooth and was injured in the head.

Bodnar said the idea is to convince Ramos and others like him that they "have many friends in Poland, that Polish society might be different, and that he should not decide to leave our country."

Bodnar says there has been an outpouring of hate speech against Arabs in recent months that has translated into violent incidents. Some newspapers have stopped allowing readers to post comments below stories on migration topics, he said.

"Unfortunately, massive hate speech towards Arabs translates into hate violence incidents," Bodnar said. "Basically every two weeks we can identify a situation when somebody is attacked, because he looks 'like an Arab."'

Last year a Syrian Christian was attacked in the Western Polish city of Poznan. A court on Monday sentenced one of his attackers to two years in prison, and a second to three months.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • EU agencies housed in Britain plan to move to Netherlands, France

    World News CBC News
    Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London after Brexit in a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels that ended in tie votes and the drawing of lots. The European Medicines Authority (EMA), a key player in the continent's healthcare industry, will go to Amsterdam, which topped the favourite Milan. Source
  • Man and woman charged with manslaughter in July homicide in Burnaby, B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    BURNABY, B.C. -- A fatal assault in a Burnaby, B.C., coffee shop more than four months ago has resulted in manslaughter charges against a man and woman. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says in a news release that 40-year-old Lawrence Sharpe and 35-year-old Oldouz Pournouruz were expected in provincial court Monday. Source
  • ICC seeks to investigate CIA, U.S. military for alleged war crimes

    World News CBC News
    The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to authorize an investigation in Afghanistan of allegations of war crimes by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces. Source
  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

    World News CBC News
    Below, Princess Elizabeth talks to her husband Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Royal Horse Show at Windsor, England, on May 12, 1949. She married naval officer Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947. Source
  • Della Reese, singer and Touched by an Angel actress, dead at 86

    World News CBC News
    Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86. Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. Source
  • Argentina says calls did not come from missing submarine

    World News CTV News
    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina -- Satellite calls that had raised hopes of finding an Argentine submarine that has been lost at sea for five days did not come from the 44 crew members on board, Argentina's navy said Monday, complicating an international rescue effort that has already been hindered by stormy weather. Source
  • Child advocate's report urges more consistency, care to help LGBTQ youth

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- A new report says changes need to be made to help LGBTQ youth who are struggling in Alberta's child-welfare and justice systems. Child and youth advocate Del Graff says LGBTQ youth need not only more support, but more say and options in how they are treated. Source
  • 'We are very pleased:' Notley says Nebraska's Keystone OK means energy security

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Nebraska's decision to allow TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline to run through that state brings North America closer to greater energy security. Nebraska's Public Service Commission today approved the pipeline's passage in a 3-2 vote, although not along the preferred route for the $10-billion project. Source
  • The National Today: Finding Mugabe a home, stark shooting stats, fatberg blues

    World News CBC News
    Welcome to The National Today daily newsletter, which takes a closer look at what's happening around the day's most important stories. Sign up here under "Subscribe to The National's newsletter," and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. Source
  • New York Times reporter suspended in harassment probe

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The New York Times says it has suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush while it investigates charges that he made unwanted advances on young women while he worked as a reporter at Politico and the Times. Source